Technology Google removes original Pixel and Pixel XL from the Play Store

11:52  11 april  2018
11:52  11 april  2018 Source:   theverge.com

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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

Google Leaks Pixel 2 XL on Play Store Minutes Before Official Launch. It makes sense Google would eventually remove the original Pixel phones, as last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have replaced them.

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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 Play 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 more than two years. 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.

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