Google is pulling out the first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL from its online store. That means the 2016 predecessors of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be more difficult to find, though it’s not impossible.
Buh-Bye, Original Pixel And Pixel XL
As first spotted by Android Police, heading over to the product page of the Pixel and Pixel XL redirects users to the store’s phone category. It’s gotten pretty barren there, showing only two links, one of which is for the Pixel 2 line and the other for Pixel 2 accessories.
This is set in stone as well. The Verge reached out to Google to confirm this, and it learned that it’s indeed the case: the original Pixel phones are no longer available directly from the Mountain View company.
Just to be clear, this doesn’t mean that the Pixel and Pixel XL aren’t available anymore. Through third-party sellers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and eBay, people can still nab one from them. Prices go anywhere from $279.99 for refurbished units to $499 for brand new ones.
Going Forward: The Pixel 3
When one door closes, another opens or something like that. On that note, the future of Google’s phones is presumably the so-called Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
To no one’s surprises, the rumor mill is hard at work in churning out a ton of info regarding the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s successor.
One thing worth mentioning is there could be a midrange version of the Pixel 3 in the works. It’s safe to assume that it’s going to roll out with the lowest price point among the trio. However, it’s unclear whether or not this will be available in the United States. It’s not even official to begin with.
There’s a Pixel 3 coming, though. It could be coming soon too. This is evidenced by some code straight from the horse’s mouth.
Long story short, the original Pixel phones are still around. It’s just a little bit harder to find them, and that will only become more difficult in the future. Needless to say, this was only a matter of time. All phones eventually reach the end of their lives, after all. This is just the first step for the Pixel and Pixel XL.
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