- Google will no longer sell the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
- The two 2019 flagships have been discontinued.
- You will still be able to buy them from third-party retailers till stocks last.
Itâ€™s official. Google has pulled the plug on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL less than a year after their launch. The two flagships are no longer available on the Google Store, and the company will not be restocking them again.
A Google spokesperson issued the following statement to The Verge confirming the demise of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.
Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL, the product is available from some partners while supplies last. Just like all Pixel devices, Pixel 4 will continue to get software and security updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US.
Itâ€™s shocking how early the Pixel 4 flagships got pulled from the shelves. In comparison, the Pixel 3 series was discontinued almost a year and a half after its launch in October 2018. Even the Pixel 3a that followed had a year-long run before it was put out to pasture.
So for the next few weeks, you wonâ€™t be able to buy a Pixel phone from the Google Store. You can only pre-order the Pixel 4a right now. Its open sales will start on August 20.
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Google Pixel 4, 4 XL discontinued: Gone too soon?
The early death of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL could mean several things. Google may be planning to release the Pixel 5 soon, which is why the Pixel 4 has been discontinued right now. However, an official Google blog post recently revealed (by accident) an October launch date for the fifth generation Pixel so thereâ€™s that.
Itâ€™s also possible that the two Pixel 4 flagships didnâ€™t clock enough sales and Google is just getting rid of them to focus consumer attention on its latest Pixel 4a mid-ranger. In May, it was reported that key Google players like Rick Osterloh are not too happy with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. We also saw some high-level executives quit the Pixel team that month, but the reasons for their exit werenâ€™t clear at the time.
Nevertheless, Google has a pretty good mid-range phone on its hands with the Pixel 4a and that might be the way ahead for the companyâ€™s smartphone ambitions. Rumors suggest even the Pixel 5 will feature a mid-range chipset, so maybe Google is taking a break from traditional flagships.