Google has discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL less than 1 year after launch
The shelf life of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL has already expired, Google confirmed on Thursday. The search giant said the Google Store has sold through its inventory, with no plans to replenish stock.
In a statement to The Verge, Google said consumers can still find last year’s flagship at third-party retailers, but if you want to buy them directly from Google, you’re out of luck.
Today’s news is a little disappointing because the Pixel 4 and 4 XL haven’t even been on the market for an entire year. The phones were announced back on October 15th of last year, making it almost 10 months since they launched. But that’s just the nature of the business. As The Verge notes, Google’s previous flagship releases, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3, were on the market for about 18 months, so it’s a little unusual to see the 4 being discontinued so quickly.
Without the Pixel 4, Google technically doesn’t have a flagship device available for sale. Although Google discontinued its mid-range Pixel 3a last month, the company now offers the new mid-range Pixel 4a, which was just announced this week. The search giant also confirmed plans to release a Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G later this fall, so we won’t have to wait too long to see the successor to the 2019 flagship Pixel phones.
Although Google no longer sells the Pixel 4 on its own storefront, Google said the device will continue to receive software and security updates for at least three years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the U.S.