IDC: Pixel shipments surge, Essential phone lags in 2017

IDC: Pixel shipments surge, Essential phone lags in 2017
A couple of tweets from IDC''s research director Francisco Jeronimo, revealed that Google doubled the number of Pixel handsets it shipped last year to 3.9 million handsets. That is a strong performance on an annual basis, but the Pixel made up just a small percentage of the global market. In fact, it is less than 1%. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL didn't launch until the fourth quarter of 2017 which means that much of the strong showing was due to sales of the original generation models.

The Pixel handsets have a way to go to compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Galaxy S line. Of course, if the number of units shipped each year continues to rise at this pace, it won't be too long before the Pixel line starts moving up in the charts. For Google, this slow and steady approach seems like the best way for the Pixel to gain traction with consumers.

Another tweet disseminated by Jeronimo pointed out that only 88,000 units of the Essential Phone were shipped in 2017. Andy Rubin's handset launched in August, but even taking that into consideration, it was anything but a big blowout success. The price of the phone dropped from $699 to $499 and some places are selling it for less. Essential has been working on a sequel and said last year that an IP certification rating is the most requested change for the next generation model.

Last week, Amazon started offering the Essential Phone along with the 4K 360 degree modular camera for $499.99. Essentially, that means that Amazon is selling you the phone and giving you the accessory for free.

source: @fjeronimo (1), (2) via DroidLife



1. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I think the main problem with essential was unfinished software, which could explain why people didn't buy it as much as other flagships. I hope they learned from it and in their next generation they will have better Roms. Also I hope they could develop faster OS updates because they basically have stock android but still no Oreo update.

9. dnomadic

Posts: 443; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I think the largest issue is that it is not sold in the traditional manner as Galaxy and iPhones. These phones benefit from the payment plans offered by carriers and they are actually seen since they are in the carrier stores and websites.... And yes the software...

11. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I also believe that picking Sprint as a partner was not a good choice

20. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The main problem with Android as a mobile platform is they are vastly divided in so many ways. Their software is so fragmented, their hardware is so different from one another. Android doesn't have a clear vision in terms of making a smartphone. If Pixel begin to rise that market share is coming from another Android OEM, not from Apple. That's the bottom line.

22. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

There are issues on both Android and iOS but to be frank both are solid platforms that justifies its price range. Note 8 is a solid phone so is iphone X.

26. Marcwand3l

Posts: 456; Member since: May 08, 2017

The Essential is a smartphone and it does the things you would expect from a smartphone, works the way you would expect etc. Using flashy words like divided, fragmented, different, shows how clueless you are.

30. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

That's why they r making fuschia os for their own exclusive os.

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm excited and at the same time apprehensive about Fuschia. I have a lot of faith in Google to develop a quality user experience, and to use an OS that is built from scratch from Google as opposed to something purchased from a 3rd party seems like it could only improve the experience. That being said, I've seen demos of the OS and while I know it's ridiculously early in its development, I don't know how I feel about the new interface. I guess the only fair thing to do is to wait for the final consumer build and pass judgment then. Looking forward to the future of smartphones!

31. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's called choice, something Apple does not like it's users having. Not everyone wants to be part of the herd. "Android doesn't have a clear vision in terms of making a smartphone" Android does not make smartphones, it's a OS.

29. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

That's not something u learn from it. They didn't create it with love and precision and didn't devote any time to the creating of the phone.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I've started to favor my pixel over the note 8. Once you use the Pixel there's no denying the software makes it a winner.

3. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Galaxy Note 8 may be the best looking phone, but when you experience Stock Android, nothing else compares.

8. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I myself am a fan of both Stock Android and Samsung Experience. I will admit though, haven't used Stock Android since I sold my One M8 Google Play Edition a few years ago, which was on Lollipop when I sold it.

4. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I'm loving my Pixel 2 so far... 4 million of Pixels sold in some markets and with a starting price point of 650 USD, I think it's a good number.

5. fyah_king unregistered

I'm loving my two essential phones.:)

18. Foxgabanna unregistered

Great. #TeamPixel

6. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I just don't see the love fest with pure android, had nexus units from the N4 through 6P and honestly, while fast and fluid after a while, it gets boring. The Note 8 has things I can turn off or on to fit my needs as needed. IMO, the Note 8 is simply the best all around device

12. kotan24

Posts: 320; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I have a Pixel 2 XL and Im running a ROM with pretty much all the features an S8 has and with better camera and timely update no lag and front facing speakers that's the beauty of Android.

13. Dubs816

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

A Pixel does not have close to all the features a Note 8 has.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"I have a Pixel 2 XL and Im running a ROM with pretty much all the features an S8 has and with better camera..." "I'm running a ROM..." "ROM..." Reading comprehension... give it a whirl.

33. Dubs816

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

A ROM let's you download Samsung Pay, wireless charging, a headphone jack, an S Pen and a camera with optical zoom? Good to know.

16. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

It really does. There's not much that Samsung offers that can't be downloaded from the store.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

IKR.. What's the point on buying Note8 when you can easily download S-pen from play store? and don't forget to download 3.5mm jack and wireless charging too.. /s

34. Dubs816

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

What app store are you getting Samsung Pay, wireless charging, a headphone jack, an S Pen and a camera with optical zoom from?

24. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

a Pixel does not need all the extra software the Note 8 has, that most people won't use. I'll take fluid, lag free software over TouchWiz. I'm looking forward to trading my Galaxy S8 in for something else (probably a Pixel).

28. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

lmao, what lag? No one complains about any lag on their S8 or Note 8. You probably got a defevtive device. Most Youtube reviewers months after claims that Samsung's touch wiz which died in 2016 or so is now Samsung Experience 8.1 and 8.5, based off touchwiz, is a lot different. It's faster, better ram management, and no forced closed, heating up, or anything of that sort. Also, I own both S8 amd Note8 and can tell you I have 400 apps on my phone running the Microsoft launcher on one and the stock Samsung Exp. launcher on the other and they are both some of the quickest and most stable phpne out there. No demo units of Galaxies from 2017 have given anyone a hiccup when played with in stores, in fact, many are impressed at what it can do on such a heavy skin. Don't be ignorant and be "skin-cist" Have a blind eye and try it out. None of those features on the S8 or Note 8 are gimmicks. I usually watch youtube reviews while checking out the product on split screen , and app pair on note8 (open 2 apps with 1 button) is convenient. Especially spotify with Maps. Or Wellsfargo with Amazon to make sure my finance game is strong. Palm swipe to capture screen when i don't feel like using 2 hands. Change theme easily every few months to feel up to date. And trust, Samsung's theme store kills it compared to themes downloaded for other launchers on google play. I use the Spen to jot down numbers during a call. I just signed an E.I.P. agreement with it after opening the pdf file. Ans when someone annoys me, I use gestures to mute their calls. Lots of more stuff that makes you feel like you can do anything. Edge lighting def. makes me aware of my notifications. Bixby can open an app then open it's setting or post a picture to instagram. Thats why you pay about 1000 for a device like the Note 8. Samaung's UX might not be as fast as Pixel XL, 5T, or iPhone X, but it's the standard of fast and is no slouch. Even keeps apps open. The beta speed and performance tests done on Youtube have proven that Oreo, even in beta can feel like a Pixel, 5T, or iPhone X or better than they were in Nougat. Go watch the versus videos now!! Also You'll prob say watch oreo Pixel will be faster than oreo s8, so what if it is. It's still fast and can make your life so much easier with so many more features. And the headphone jack, and micro SS to make sure if anything happens, your files are still on the card.

35. Dubs816

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

What Pixel needs or doesn't need wasn't what I was responding to.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

So the Note 8 doesn't get boring? What makes it exciting to you?

17. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011


23. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Themes for me. Widely available systemwide themes. That’s one interesting feature of Samsung experience.

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