Google after announcing the Pixel 4a, Google has quietly discontinued sales of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The move noted early by the Verge, represents a particularly truncated lifecycle for a Google flagship — around half the 18 months the google continued to sell its two predecessors.
Google already announced the approaching arrival of the Pixel 5, when it noted the forthcoming handset would be one among two Pixels devices to support 5G, alongside the Pixel 4a 5G.
The company confirmed in a statement, noting, “Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 and 4 XL. For people that are still curious about buying Pixel 4 and 4 XL, the merchandise is out there from some partners while supplies last. a bit like all Pixel devices, Pixel 4 will still get software and security updates for a minimum of three years from when the device first became available on the Google Store within the US.”
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The Pixel 4 was a largely well-received device, owing mostly to impressive special camera work. But the handset was hampered by bad battery life — something Google has since addressed within the 4a. The new budget handset also sports a superb camera for its price point, making the Google Pixel 4’s existence somewhat redundant. Though the end of the Google Pixel 4 XL does leave Google with a bigger option.
The company has clearly been handling a sort of identity crisis with its smartphones. A recent management shakeup appears to point to a desire for a brand new direction for the lineup, which has long suffered from uneven sales. Among other things, the company entered an already saturated market and has had some trouble distinguishing its offerings from other Android handsets.
It remains to be seen whether the Pixel 5 is going to be the first device to benefit from the division’s new direction.