It’s been a wild Friday afternoon in the Android rumor mill. YouTuber Jon Prosser claimed the Pixel 5a was canceled thanks to the nicely-identified chip shortage that is affecting most big tech sectors. Android Central backed up that report expressing “the Google Pixel 5a is dead” (the web-site has since re-prepared the report) citing two unique sources of their have. Google swiftly responded by taking pictures all those studies down, telling 9to5Google, “Pixel 5a 5G is not canceled. It will be obtainable later this calendar year in the US and Japan and introduced in line with when last year’s a-sequence cell phone was introduced.” Alright then!
Though that is formal affirmation that the Pixel 5a “5G” is coming out someday this year, it doesn’t appear to be like studies of limited chip provide were being completely off-base. Coming out only in the US and Japan would be a remarkable reduction of the Pixel line’s presently very smaller list of supported nations around the world. When it comes to throughout the world distribution, the Pixel line is 1 of the worst in the market, ordinarily launching in only 9-12 nations around the world. Competition like Apple and Samsung launch in anywhere from 70-100+ international locations, and it seems like we’re now down to two nations around the world for Pixel phones.
Of training course, the Pixel 5a will come out in the US since Google is based in the US, but seeing Japan as the 2nd nation was a bit of a shock. It turns out that is really the second-major market Google supports with the Pixel line. Compared to the top rated-10 biggest smartphone marketplaces, Google’s “machine availability web site” lists the Pixel for sale in #3 United states, #7 Japan, and #9 Germany. Which is it. Google earlier dabbled in India (and I surely would have guessed the US and India would be the final two nations standing), but India is no lengthier shown on the Pixel device availability site and naturally isn’t really in the playing cards for the Pixel 5a.
Google also provides us a timeline for the Pixel 5a release, which is all around the similar time as the Pixel 4a release. The latter system was at last declared in August 2020 right after a series of delays. We have been beforehand anticipating it to launch the identical time as the Pixel 3a, at Google I/O in May perhaps, but the 4a came out quite a few months later. At the time, we blamed it on COVID concerns, but now it seems like August is getting to be the norm.
Launching in only two countries definitely does not look like a sustainable way to create a smartphone company. This dramatic reduction, even if it is just for a calendar year, tends to make us question what will happen to the big Pixel 6 launch, which was supposed to debut Google’s Whitechapel SoC.
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