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.



Source link: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/10/17221220/google-pixel-xl-play-store-unavailable

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