Although LG was no longer in the picture, Google was unable to keep up with the growth rates of OnePlus, Motorola, and Nokia, in addition to Apple and Samsung, in the US smartphone market during the first six months of 2021, which speaks volumes about the search giant’s inexperience with 5G-enabled devices.
With the exception of one of its strongest areas, it’s fair to assume that last year’s Pixel 5 and 4a 5G haven’t exactly sold like hotcakes, which may be one of the primary reasons why higher mid-range phones are becoming more difficult to get in the United States.
Following many weeks of showing up as out of stock on the official Google Fi website, as reported by 9To5Google, the two gadgets have totally disappeared from the official Google website. There’s no way that Google’s MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) would ever offer the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5, and it serves as a timely reminder of the definitely imminent arrival of the 5A 5G mid-ranger from the firm.
Technically, this does not imply that the 5G-capable Pixel 5 and 4a have been completely phased out, since the two devices have not yet been removed from the main Google Store website in the United States. Unfortunately for anyone looking to purchase a Pixel 5, the latter model is now out of stock (and has been for some time), with those interested in purchasing a Pixel 5 being forced to settle with “Google Fi (Unlocked)” versions as a result.
As a reminder, the Pixel 4a 5G is now completely sold out throughout the US, including at Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, Verizon, and T-Mobile, with only a few units of the Pixel 5 remaining in likely limited supply at a few of retailers.
At the very least, there’s a chance that Google will be able to replenish the inventory in its official e-store and (temporarily) save the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G from extinction, but something tells us that the company’s attention is now firmly focused on the reportedly troubled production of the 5a 5G, as well as the slightly more distant Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
For what it’s worth, the 4G LTE-only Pixel 4a isn’t going away anytime soon, and although it’s certainly not a powerhouse, its camera performance and software support alone make it a viable contender for the title of best phone under $400 for the foreseeable future.