Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Sunday April 23, 2017

It's Still Difficult to Just Buy a Google Pixel Today, and That's Insane

Six months later, the Google Pixel is still the NES Mini of phones. You know damn well that the lack of Pixels has nothing to do with their demand, so what went wrong? This is a strange thing, really, as Google spent big advertising bucks and is ( was? ) clearly interested in pushing the Pixel brand to iPhone-levels of awareness. It is stuff like this that makes me wonder if I should even bother waiting for the Pixel 2 instead of just splurging on an S8.

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آ…other Android manufacturers know how to manage a supply chain. Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, HTC and heck, even OnePlus now, know how to make phones available around the world in massive quantities. They have in most cases each made the necessary deals and commitments to get the phones in thousands of physical stores as well, a dramatically taller task than simply stocking a couple of warehouses for online-only distribution. I don't want to belittle the huge commitment of time, money and people required to manage the manufacturing, shipment and distribution of phones. But Google designed a phone for the general consumer and spent tens of millions advertising to that demographic, only to once again completely fail to make the devices available when those people went to buy.

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