Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones may only be available as an exclusive at Verizon Wireless, but various industry watchers are observing that the devices are selling well nonetheless during this year’s holiday shopping season.
Google’s latest flagship devices, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, were released preinstalled with the tech giant’s own Android 7.1 Nougat, a pretty standard update but still one that came with new features.
Via its official blog, Google has revealed the release date of its Daydream View virtual reality headset, and it will be this coming November 10th. The Daydream View VR headset will debut not only online in the Google Store, but also by way of various retail outlets in major mobile markets such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.
T-Mobile is offering customers a discount in the amount of $325 if they decide to buy an unlocked version of Google’s Pixel and then activate the handset on the wireless carrier’s new T-Mobile One unlimited data plan.
Samsung recently offered to give a $100 credit to owners of its Galaxy Note 7 phablet if they decide to go for a Samsung handset as their replacement unit. Various mobile operators, however, appear to be more flexible in letting customers choose whatever make or model they want in exchange for their Galaxy Note 7 devices.
Right after Google announced its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, it was also revealed that Verizon Wireless will be the exclusive wireless carrier in the United States to directly sell the devices.
According to research firm Gartner, global smartphone sales for 2016 will decline, marking two consecutive years of decline since 2015. The newest information from Gartner projects that total smartphone sales will decrease 1.6 percent this year. The company pointed out that the only area seeing growth in 2016 is the market for low cost smartphones that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system, especially those manufactured and shipped by phone makers based in China.
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