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Google may have missed a big chance to become a major smartphone maker

Google may have missed a big chance to become a major smartphone maker

Since its October launch, Google's Pixel phone has received rave reviews, and Google recently confirmed to the Android-focused publication Android Pit that it will release a new Pixel this year. Yet despite these successes, it seems the phone may be experiencing some trouble on the sales front, and it may have missed an opportunity to capitalize on competitors' missteps.

Although Google doesn't break out its numbers for Pixel units sold, analysts estimate that customers bought about 552,000 Pixel phones by the end of 2016, according to USA Today. In comparison, Apple Inc. sold 78 million iPhones between late September and December. Samsung sold 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones...

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