Google announced the Pixel 3 and 3 XL with much fanfare in 2018, and we all hoped the issues from the previous generation would be solved. Alas, it was not to be. Google struggled to justify missing features and build quality issues throughout the Pixel 3’s run, and now that run has ended. Google confirms it’s run out of Pixel 3 and 3 XL devices.
As is customary, Google continued to sell its previous-generation Pixels after the Pixel 4 and 4 XL launched. You could pick up one of the older devices for roughly half of the initial $800-900 price tag. That wasn’t really a bad deal, either. Unlike most Android device makers, Google commits to updating its phones every month for three years. While some new phones are still shipping with Android 9 Pie, the Pixel 3 has Android 10 and about 18 months of remaining update support.
However, the Google Store suddenly reported no remaining stock early this week. Google has now confirmed that it sold through all its remaining units. Some other retailers might still have the phone for sale, but its days are clearly numbered. Last year, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL left the Google Store around the same time, so this isn’t much of a surprise.
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL were the first Google phones in years to support wireless charging, and the larger of the two had a display notch. That was all the rage among Android phones in 2017-2018. Even if they didn’t need the notch, it was a quick and easy way to ape the iPhone. Google’s gigantic Pixel 3 XL notch made the phone look lopsided, but it housed a pair of front-facing cameras. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL dropped that feature in favor of a larger bezel with 3D face unlock sensors.
Throughout the Pixel 3 life cycle, there were signs that sales weren’t going well. In an earnings call last spring, Google admitted that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were selling worse than the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. That was surprising as the second-gen Pixels weren’t particularly well-received either. Google’s budget-oriented Pixel 3a and 3a XL, on the other hand, sold extremely well and remain some of the best Android phones you can buy. There’s still no successor to that phone — Google was expected to announce the Pixel 4a at the I/O conference this year, but that has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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