Google has high hopes for the Pixel line.
According to IDC, Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel smartphones past year, which is not a whole lot when you consider just how many tens of million of units the big players ship in a single quarter. The research director for IDC, Francisco Jeronimo, shared some interesting smartphone shipment numbers from the IDC's quarterly industry report.
According to Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, the company had technically doubled the number of units shipped year-on-year. Based on its most recent sales figures, Apple was selling nearly 850,000 iPhones each day in the first quarter of 2018.
Google still has a long way to go before its Pixel smartphones can hit figures that high-end smartphones from the likes of Samsung always do but it's seeing good progress. Even five months after the launch of the Pixel 1 at the end of 2016, the company couldn't keep the phone in stock on the Google Store.
That means, as a rough estimate, it would take less than a week of iPhone sales to eclipse Google's entire 2017 Pixel shipments.
Google Pixel smartphones are nice, but that would not matter much if customers are not able to purchase them.
It also certainly does not help the Google Pixel's cause that there are certain problems associated with the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones, including microphone defects and touchscreen problems. We do expect Google to improve the Pixel in future years and actually become a decent iPhone alternative, as both Pixel series have had to deal with plenty of controversies. More countries, a better retail presence, and more carrier deals would be a good start.