Google Pixel 2 XL Now Available in Italy and Spain (Google Store)
Historically, the greatest issues with the Pixel line have always been availability issues. While the Pixel is catering to a much more wider audience that the Nexus aimed for (average smartphone users vs developers), they haven’t kicked up production for this wider audience. Even taking away production issues, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL face yet another key problem: global availability. Both the original generation and the new generation of Google Pixel phones are only officially available in 6 countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, and the United States. However, this issue is being slowly solved as the new generation of Pixel phones becomes more and more global. Google has silently made the Google Pixel 2 XL available in two more countries: Italy and Spain.
This move makes Google’s new, and slightly controversial, large-screen offering more widely available outside the American continent. And given that Android more popular than iOS in both countries, it seems like a safe choice. But did you notice how we didn’t mention the regular Google Pixel 2 in the paragraph above? Weirdly enough, rather than launching both, Google has only decided to sell the Pixel 2 XL in Italy and Spain, while the HTC-made smaller Pixel 2 stays only available in the 6 original launch locations.
There could be many reasons behind this, the most possible one being supply chain or distribution issues, possibly related to the Samsung-made AMOLED screen or other components. Or it could be a matter of Google wanting to push the larger Pixel 2 XL as the better choice over the Pixel 2 after having some market research. Whatever it is, we do expect the Pixel 2 to eventually make its way to both of these countries sooner or later.
If you’re in Italy or Spain and have been looking into getting the Google Pixel 2 XL, hop into your local Google Store website to order yours now. However, if you’d rather have the smaller Pixel 2, you either have the option of waiting until it becomes available or just straight out importing it.