Google has officially stopped selling its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, as seen by Android police. The product page for the phones now simply redirects to the Google Store home page, and Google confirms that it has sold through its inventory (although the phone is still available, for now, at third-party stores like Best Buy or Walmart. ).
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were announced and released in October 2018, and the phones were praised at the time for their larger screens, great cameras, and clean design. The phone’s camera, in particular, still supports many of the best smartphones for sale today, though the Pixel 3 and 3 XL suffered the same issues as most Google Pixel phones: slow sales and missing of customer interest compared to major players like Apple and Samsung.
The 18-month time frame is virtually identical to the Pixel 2’s life cycle, which was discontinued almost exactly a year ago on April 1, 2019, 18 months after its first sale.
It’s not the end of the road for Pixel 3 owners just yet. Google promises software support until October 2021, meaning the Pixel 3 and 3 XL should be on track to get updates for Android 11 this year, and even for Android 12. next year. The two phones will also receive software updates until then.
Anyone looking for a budget Pixel phone probably won’t have to wait too long though, as leaks indicate a new $ 399 Pixel 4a (a successor to last year’s cheaper Pixel 3a) could be just around the corner Although it is not entirely clear when it will launch due to Google cancellation events such as its I/O conference due to the coronavirus.