Google discontinues Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G smartphones ahead of Pixel 6 launch
With the new Pixel 6 smartphones set for launch soon, Google has gone in for some spring cleaning.
Google recently announced the launch of the Pixel 5a smartphone in select countries around the globe. In addition to that, the company gave a glimpse of its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones via the medium of its online Google Store in the US. What the tech giant hasn't done up until now is reveal the exact launch date of its Pixel 6 series smartphones, but it has done something else instead. The smartphone-maker has announced that it will officially discontinue the Pixel 5. In addition to that, the company has also discontinued the Pixel 4a 5G smartphone.
According to a report by The Verge, Google has listed the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 smartphones as ‘Sold Out' on its online store in the US. As far as the remaining stock with other retailers are concerned, it is not expected to last long. Google has also confirmed the news in a statement to the publication.
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“With our current forecasts, we expect Google Store in the U.S. to sell out of Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 in the coming weeks following the launch of Pixel 5a (5G). These products will continue to be available through some partners while supplies last,” a Google spokesperson told the publication.
While it is not surprising that the company has discontinued the Pixel 4a smartphone, especially after the launch of the Pixel 5a smartphone, which is available only in the US and Japan, discontinuing the Pixel 5 smartphone makes little sense given the company's earlier. But it is possible that the company decided to discontinue the Pixel 5 smartphone owing to its similarity with the upcoming Pixel 6 smartphone.
Notably, Google had neither launched the Pixel 5 nor its budget Pixel 4a smartphone in India. Furthermore, it has already confirmed that its newly launched Pixel 5a smartphone will not be arriving in India either. It remains to be seen if Google brings its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones to here or not.
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