At a pop-up shop in New York this week, Google was more than happy to tell curious customers about its brand new Pixel smartphones. However, anyone who wanted to buy a device right then and there couldn’t, with Google instead telling people they had to do it online. Well, customers can’t even do that, because the Pixel is currently sold out at the Google Store.
If you head on over to store.google.com, the Pixel is one of the first things you’ll see. But hit that “shop now” button, and you’ll be greeted by a big “Out of Stock” sign, with no word on when to expect fresh stock to arrive. It could be days or it could be weeks. Heck, it could be even longer than that.
The good news is that there are ways to find the device through other outlets. Verizon, for example, is selling the device (although we’ve been told the 128GB version is sold out in retail stores). You can also check Best Buy, which is only stocking 32GB models of the silver Pixel and Pixel XL. You can also check Google’s Project Fi page, where you can pick up the device if you sign up for service.
Google Pixel is a good Android phone, but not the best
While we applaud Google’s first crack at its own Android phone, it still leaves a lot to be desired. In our review, we found Google Assistant to be lacking, and we felt the design was sub-par at best.
That being said, the software experience is top notch and offers the exact version of Android Google wants people to use. And the camera is pretty fantastic, too, going toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7.
Whenever a new device comes out stock is expected to be tight. Going into the holiday season, however, let’s hope this doesn’t become a normal occurrence.