According to Francisco Jeronimo, IDC’s Research Director, Google shipped 3.9 million Pixels last year. The analyst also confirms Google’s own report saying that shipments have indeed doubled. Google revealed that its device shipments doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, but as usual the company didn’t give us any hard numbers.
The original Pixel and Pixel XL were the very first phones advertised as “made by Google”, and El Goog began investing big money in the promotion of its Nexus follow-up efforts. The most recent data from Kantar Worldpanel agrees with this, indicating that Google’s share of the US phone market has gone up from 1.8 percent to 2.8 percent.
Compared to Essential Phone shipments, Google’s seem huge, however. Andy Rubin’s name recognition can only apparently take you as far as 88,000 units shipped in 2017, according to the source.
That’s definitely nothing worth celebrating, but it helps to remember that Essential is basically a startup in this world and the PH-1 was its first product.