Google Stops Selling the Pixel 2

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Google, Android with 8 Comments

This is no April Fools: Google has removed the Pixel 2 listing from its online store, effectively ending sales of the reliability-challenged handset.

There was no announcement about the change; I found out about this from Android Police. And sure enough, if you navigate to the Google Store and browse its Phones section, you’ll see only one handset listing now, for the Pixel 3 family. (Plus separate sections for accessories). Previously, there was a Pixel 2 listing as well.

Furthermore, if you navigate to the URL for that now-dead Pixel 2 listing, you’ll be redirected to the Pixel 3.

Some retailers are still offering the Pixel 2 family, of course. In fact, as Android Police notes, you can get a Verizon-locked Pixel 2 XL for as little as $400 from Best Buy right now. This and other similar sales are likely a last-ditch effort to get through the remaining stock.

Given the reliability issues with this handset, I’m not sure I can recommend it even at that price. I’m on my third Pixel 2 XL, as a matter of fact, thanks to unrelated issues with the USB-C port. But the Pixel 2 XL has endemic hardware problems, with users reporting all kinds of issues. That said, I’m still using my third Pixel 2 XL thanks to the many reliability issues with its successor, the Pixel 3 XL. So both of these are kind of problematic.

Anyway. The Pixel 2 era is finally over. Good riddance.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Google Stops Selling the Pixel 2”

  1. wright_is

    The German site is only half-way converted. You can only buy the Pixel 3, but it still has a section "which phone is for me", which lists the Pixel 2...

    As a side note, Google still aren't selling any other Pixel devices or Chromebooks over here. In the store you have Smartphones, Automated Home, Virtual Reality and Accessories.

  2. nicholas_kathrein

    My Pixel 2XL Panda has been good except for the earphone jack to usb c converters always being an issue. Switched to wireless headsets and all is good. Love the phone still. Photos are still tops. When the next pixel 3xl comes out I'll be getting it. 2 year cycle I do on my phones. I could even wait another year but the Snapdragon 855 is a big jump from the 835 and 8 gigs of ram vs 4 is also a big upgrade. Should make a world of difference.

  3. Andy Babiec

    Weren't most of the issues related to the Pixel 2 XL? The regular Pixel 2 (which I own) has been working perfectly fine for me.

  4. Bats

    The critically acclaimed Pixel 2 XL, that I pre-ordered over a year ago, is still running seeing past year 2 ( in another person's hands) with no problems at all. When I had it, I had no issues at all. I just searched the internet, the phone was rated the best in it's class during it's flagship days.

  5. Winner

    I guess I'm lucky, I'm at 16 months now on my Pixel 2XL and not a hardware problem to be had.

  6. mmcewan

    Both my wife and I switched from Windows phone to the Pixel3 XL. I was nervous that it was going to be buggy, but actually, they've both been delightful so far. Much better on Bluetooth than my old HP EliteX3, which seemed to have a cutting in and out problem all the time, having to do with which pocket I'd carry it in. Even the wired headphone dongle has been trouble free and I use it frequently in my vehicle.

  7. minke

    No problems with my Pixel 2 going on 17 months. Works perfectly, love the photos, battery life is still all day. I will probably use it until it dies unless I see some sort of killer trade-in offer on a smaller phone. I personally really like the size and don't want to go even a smidgen bigger. I hope someone continues to make smaller phones.