Google’s surpassed one million installations of the Pixel Launcher on the Play Store and seeing as the application is only available on Pixel-branded smartphones, it wouldn’t be rash to assume that it’s also only sold a million units of the Pixel and Pixel XL collectively.
That’s not a very big figure, especially when you consider that Google has struggled to keep up with the demand, and even more so when you take into account that Samsung sold more than five million units of the Galaxy S8 in less than a month.
Suddenly the Pixel isn’t sounding like as big of a hit as Google’s made it out to be
Granted, it’s only an assumption and there’s no way to verify the information (unless Google’s willing to share its sales figures), but seeing as the Pixel Launcher is preloaded on every Pixel, it certainly seems like a reliable way of tracking how many units are in the wild.
For those unaware, Google launched the Pixel and Pixel XL back in October, 2016. Both handsets sport a Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.