Well, for Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones it has been a surprisingly short run, as the company announced this morning that both Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered devices have been discontinued. This is frankly a curious move from Google considering that the previous flagships Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 were on sale for around 18 months after their launch — the boot is being given to the Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL after less than a year.
A Google spokesperson said, in a statement sent to The Verge:
Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 and 4 XL For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 4 and 4 XL, the product is available from some partners while supplies last. Just like all Pixel devices, Pixel 4 will continue to get software and security updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US.
Google goes on to say that up to three years after they were first made available for sale, the Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL will continue to receive major OS and Security updates. A quick trip to Amazon confirms that there are still some inventories of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL floating around in the channel, but that supply will probably dry up soon:
The next phone on Google’s flagship, the Pixel 5, will not arrive until October. The company will also introduce the Pixel 4a 5 G alongside the Pixel 5, which is supposed to have a larger display and a more powerful chipset as opposed to the 4G-only Pixel 4a.