MoneyGoogle Pixel is now as easy to find as the iPhone

07:31  09 may  2019
07:31  09 may  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Google Pixel is now as easy to find as the iPhone© Stephen Shankland/CNET

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Google had a Pixel problem. Specifically, the sales of its Pixel phones have been declining year over year, despite being available for every US carrier through Google's online store. An exclusive carrier agreement with Verizon wasn't helping enough to get the word out. But now, for the first time ever, you'll be able to walk into any T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint store to buy the new Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL.

For once, Google's phones have a fighting chance of attracting buyers away from Samsung 's Galaxy devices and Apple iPhones.

The significance of extending beyond Verizon's exclusivity is enormous, not just for the midrange Pixel 3A phones, but for the Pixel 4 and all Pixels going forward. For Google, getting Pixels displayed alongside the Samsung Galaxy devices and Apple iPhones gives Google a chance to win over some of their customers.

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Verizon will still offer the new Pixel 3A ($399, £399, AU$649) and Pixel 3A XL ($479, £469, AU$799). But starting Wednesday, you'll be able to walk into any T-Mobile or Sprint store to buy one as well. The same goes for Target, Walmart and Best Buy. Online, you can buy from Amazon as well as Google's online store. And though you won't find the Pixel phones inside AT&T's shops, you can take any unlocked Pixel to AT&T to use on its service.

Google Pixel is now as easy to find as the iPhone© CNET pixel-3a-xl-17

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The midrange Pixel 3A phones, which have plastic bodies and slower processors but the Pixel 3's camera, might seem like an odd candidate to set Google's course into the open ocean. October's rumored high-end Pixel 4 might make more immediate sense. But Google is embracing the Pixel 3A phones as a test bed for what could be.

Priced to sell, these affordable plastic handsets fit perfectly into Google's strategy to "get as many Pixel users as we possibly can," Mario Quieroz, who leads the Pixel team, told CNET in an interview. "Whether it's midtier or premium."

The strategy certainly is a new one for Google, a company that dabbled in midrange and premium Nexus phones before putting its effort into the house-made Pixel brand in October 2016. Verizon's been Google's faithful Pixel patron, but though the phones sold in Google's online store for any US carrier, buyers' common perception was that Verizon was their only Pixel portal.

Keeping Verizon as its exclusive carrier partner may've hurt Google's opportunity to sell more Pixels, though Google has been careful to avoid discussing how exclusivity may've played a role in restricting total sales. In an earnings call last week, Ruth Porat, CFO of Google's parent company Alphabet, said Pixel sales have declined year over year partly because of "heavy promotional activity industrywide" and "recent pressures in the premium smartphone market."

If Google is going to dig itself out of its Pixel-shaped hole, it's going to need all the partners it can get.

Originally published May 8 at 3 a.m. PT.

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