A new report shows that Google managed to sell nearly 1 million Pixel and Pixel XL units since launch. To recall, Google announced the Pixel and Pixel XL phones back in September last year. Currently, Google is working on this years Pixel phones, which are subbed to be — Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, codename Walleye and Taimen respectively. Both the phones have been subjected to several leaks and rumours already, wherein the latest one suggests that Google may build its own mobile processor and include that on the upcoming Pixel devices.
Google sold out over 1 million Pixel phones sinch the launch last September. Although, Google didn’t directly confirm the number yet. The Pixel Launcher app on Google Play Store confirms it instead. Play Store shows the number of install range for Pixel Launcher to be 1,000,000-5,000,000, which was initially around 500,000 – 1,000,000. This clearly indicates that the company managed to sell around 1 million Pixel smartphones, since the launch.
Pixel Launcher is an app exclusively available on the Play store for only the Pixel phone users. That being said, the 1 million mark seems to be pretty much accurate. However, Google is yet to confirm the number as of now.
Currently, Google is working on two new Pixel phones, which the company is expected to launch this fall, like last year almost at the same time as Apple iPhone 8. Last year, Google partnered with HTC to manufacture the Pixel devices. However, that may not be the case this year. A new report surfacing the web hints that LG will be manufacturing the Pixel phones this year and not HTC like last year. Earlier reports hinted that several smartphone vendors, including HTC, LG, Coolpad, and TCL, were competing win the contract for manufacturing 2017 Pixel phones. With the new report coming in, looks like LG won the race this year.
Further, Google is also planning to build its own mobile processor for the upcoming Pixel phones. As a part of the initiative, Google has hired a veteran chip architect from Apple — Manu Gulati as Google’s Lead SoC Architect. He helped the Curpertino major to build its own chipset back in 2009. By hiring Gulati, Google is reportedly focusing on building its own chip for this years’ Google Pixel phones, dubbed Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2. Not only that, Google is also looking forward to hire additional chip experts to improve the hardware set up of the upcoming Pixel phones.
Ahead of the launch, the upcoming Pixel devices have been subjected to several leaks and rumours already. Where in, Pixel XL 2, codename Taimen have been spotted on Geekbench listing which leaks the specs sheet of the device. The listing shows that Taimen is said to be powered by a Qualcomm octa-core processor and run on Android O, which is said to officially release in the upcoming months.