Google is working on the 2nd-gen Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and in fact, we have had our first look at the larger XL phone thanks to guys at Android Police.
The phone looks great, if at all that will be the final product. There are a few copycats here and there with respect to the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC U11, but none of these take away the fact that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are two of the most anticipated smartphones this year.
Many of those who are still rocking the 2015 Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X think that it’s about time to make a switch to a new phone after two years. With the Pixel 2 family, Google has the perfect opportunity to improve on the sales made on the original Pixels, but if it only manages to correct one major mistake – availability.
The original Pixel phones’ dominance in the smartphone market was hampered by their availability. They were – and still are – two impressive pieces of hardware, but getting hold of them, especially for guys outside the U.S. and a few other countries like the UK and Canada, was a nightmare.
Usually, Google sells its products via the Google Store and not all countries across the globe can access this facility. This means that potential buyers of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have to go via the same third-party channels that have been selling Google phones in limited quantities. With the excitement surrounding the 2nd-gen Pixel phones, the company needs to do something on this matter, otherwise, it will still end up with underwhelming sales compared to the Galaxy S8 and other flagship phones.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL should be here somewhere in October, which is less than three months away. Hopefully, Google will have the right plan in place by then, because many out there will be willing to shell out whatever amount required in order to get their hands on either phone, especially the bigger XL.
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