Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones previous year, IDC says

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Data from IDC shows that Google Pixel sales doubled previous year to 3.9 million, but still represents "a tiny portion of the 1.5 billion market size". Shipments in fact doubled year over year, though given the original Pixel only launched in October 2016 that's perhaps no great surprise. Latest data from market tracker IDC reveals that the company shipped 3.9 million units of Pixel smartphones in 2017. So Apple ships more phones in a week than Google does in a year. While an impressive feat to achieve given the current market saturation, Google's numbers are still paltry in comparison with the market size (around 1.5 billion devices).

The Android versus iOS war may often be phrased in terms of Pixel vs iPhone, but new sales stats for Google's Pixel suggest there's a long way to go before Apple needs to be anxious.

Doubling the number of units shipped is a good step for Google even if you don't take that number at face value. We'll be able to see if Google's device shipments are indeed on the increase, and by what percentage, this time in 2019, after the third generation of Pixel smartphones have launched.

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Paul Casey: Casey still hasn't missed since the 2017 Sony Open, and has two top-10 finishes in his last two starts. Jordan Spieth: Struggling with the putter a little at the moment, but a real threat if he sorts that out.

The analyst, IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, said the figure includes both generations of the phone, the Pixel 1 and 2. That means Apple needed 4.6 days to sell 3.9 million iPhones - mind you, these aren't iPhone X units, as Apple did not divulge the actual split for the period.

The company is now expected to come up with additional mobile devices that can help it effectively compete in this crowded marketplace. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched a year ago to no shortage of enthusiasm from Android fans, replacing handsets that had been equally lauded by vocal users.

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