Amidst news of a new Pixel phone this week, Google quietly announced that this is the end of the road for two other Pixel devices, the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5, which are currently featured on Google’s online store, are gone and still exist. Stocks from other retailers may not last long. A company spokesman made the following statement:
Based on our current forecasts, we expect the US Google Store to launch the Pixel 5a (5G). These products will continue to be offered through select partners as long as stock remains.
Unsurprisingly, 4A 5G has been phased out as 5A 5G appears to be a direct successor.However, it’s a bit unusual to see the Pixel 5 discontinue long before the Pixel 6 launches this fall.
Probably because the Pixel 5 looks more like a budget Aseries phone than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Google seems to be doing its best for the Series 6, positioning them as Apple’s main competitor. The Pixel 5 offers advanced features like wireless charging and rugged IP68 water resistance not available in Aseries, and is not designed to compete with the iPhone 12 Pro and Galaxy S21 in the world.
Or maybe that’s what Google is doing now: they stopped selling the Pixel 4 and 4 XL less than a year after they were released. The LTE-enabled Pixel 4A, on the other hand, is still on sale right now, which is a steal given its $ 349 price tag. You just love blue … well, hardly any blue, as black-only models are out of stock.