Google Pixel Still Hard To Find, Defective Microphone To Blame
The Google Pixel is Google’s first consumer-facing phone which they’re heavily invested in. They’ve done the Nexus program, but those phones had always been targeted at developers or others who were more technically inclined. The Pixel is going to change the game for Google, making them feel more like Apple. The Pixel hasn’t been the hit they would have liked. The sales have been stellar, but they’ve also had an increasingly hard time keeping their devices in stock. The prevailing thought around the stock issues was first attributed to the high-demand, but now there are reports that the problem is around a defective microphone.
Verizon has worked out their stock issues, but others still have to wait. Google’s started a waitlist for the devices on the Google Play Store. It’s nearly 5-months since the launch of the device, and Google cannot keep the device in stock. This has many customers jumping to the iPhone or other flagship Android phones.
Google Pixel now has a waitlist to buy the phone
Stock shortages and out of stocks are not uncommon with a new phone. Apple, LG, Samsung, and others all experienced the problem with the first influx of customers. We don’t see the shortages go for more than a few weeks or even a month. Google’s problem could be high demand, but that’s unlikely. The steep price for an unlocked phone can keep many customers from buying the device. The microphone problem could mean Google returned to the drawing boards or replaced a manufacturer for their microphones. The quick revamp up of stock from a new third-party provider could mean the stock is back ordered for weeks or months.
Google needs to fix the problem and stay on top of their inventory, especially as they have the Pixel 2 rumors flying around. Who would want to buy the Pixel 2 when they couldn’t keep their first Pixel in stock? Tell us if you have a Pixel or if you’ve been waitlisted for the Pixel, which has already been out for 5-months!