Google removes original Pixel and Pixel XL from its online store

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Google’s original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the beginning of the company’s broader push to unify and streamline its in-house hardware efforts, have been removed from the online Google Store, as noted today by AndroidPolice. Google confirmed to The Verge that the devices are no longer available for purchase from the company directly. You can, however, still purchase the original Pixel and Pixel XL devices in a variety of colors and storage sizes from places like Amazon and Best Buy.

It makes sense Google would eventually remove the original Pixel phones, as last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have replaced them. But as devices that originally rivaled Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line in price, it was always refreshing to know you could buy a brand-new original Pixel at a discount now that the devices have been out for about a year and a half. So, if you’re in the market for an older Android flagship that can still reasonably hold its own against most other phones in its price range — the original Pixel goes for about $399 new or $299 refurbished — it’d be wise to snatch one up from Amazon before it becomes harder to find.

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Bye headphone jack

Google finally ran out of stock.

Can we still make jokes about Pixel stock?

The phone isn’t even 2 years old yet. I pre-ordered this device in October 2016, I didn’t receive it until November 2016. This would be equivalent to Apple stopping production of the iPhone 7.

….I thought you were about to say you still haven’t received it yet. Wouldn’t be too surprised lol.

Please alert me when the Pixel 2 XL is on sale. I want to buy one!

I feel like I just read the Pixel 2 XL had a price drop… Yes, here is the copy and pasted description of the Best Buy and Verizon deals (I think the BB deal is better but I’m not a fan of BB in general).

At Best Buy, you’ll now find the Pixel 2 XL at $100 off, no trade required. In other words, if you don’t have a fancy phone to trade-in to Verizon, Best Buy will just give you a discounted rate anyway. On top of that discount, their free Google bundle features a Google Home Mini, Chromecast, 2 free months of YouTube TV, and a Daydream View. So $100 off and an additional freebie (Daydream View).

On Friday, Verizon kicked off (and is still running) a pretty stunning Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deal. If you have a phone to trade in, they are giving you up to 50% off a Pixel 2 and tossing in a free Google pack that includes a Google Home Mini, Chromecast, and 2 free months of YouTube TV.

Remember when I wanted to replace my iPhone with one of these, but the one I wanted was always out of stock. Gave up, eventually. That was one botched launch.

They’ve botched every phone launch from at least the Nexus 5 on. Though I’ll admit that the Pixel 2/2XL had better availability in the initial weeks.

Yeah, if they are serious about marketshare, they need to have more available at launch. The whole "sell out of phones to boost desirability" only worked for Apple.

And launch in more countries.

It’s been "more than two years" since October 2016? Boy, time is running…

Who are you quoting here?

Was quoting the article. It’s changed now to "about a year and a half".

Sigh. The Last Good Phone. Who would’ve thought 2017 was the year phone manufacturers would lose their god damn minds?

I’m glad I just escaped the dumb lease plan I foolishly went on expecting new good phones to come out, and got a new one of my own. Which I will look after better than the last one – despite it being a great phone it really does need a case. Luckily Spigen makes a really good one.

I want this phone to last many years, given no one makes phones with flat rectangular screens and headphone jacks any more.

Mine is wrapped in rubber plastic Spigen, and it’s now almost indestructible and quite grippy.

It’s got another year or two left in it. It’s all I need.

A boring, but quite good, phone.
A great phone to consider if you are happy to buy on eBay.

A boring, but quite good, phone.

That’s the best description I’ve read.
I bought the Pixel XL (128 GB, Quite Black) on Oct 21, 2016 for slightly over $1000, with device protection and tax. I had just been burned by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which is still the most futuristic phone I’ve owned. Now I’ve switched back to an iPhone 8 Plus after 10 years on Android. Couldn’t be happier.

So you moved to the boring, but quite good iPhone.

The iPhone 8 is horribly boring. Glad you like it though. Has all the basics.

Oh stop it. Horribly boring because you can’t customize it? As a former Android using, tweak junkie.. the shit gets old.

So boring, so reliable, so good.

Android P + security & support thru Oct 2019. Keep your dough & buy tech late.

Given that it still performs where it matters (Software, Battery and Camera) probably still worth picking over anything but the latest Samsung or Google’s own at that price

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