Google says the Pixel 5a will launch, but only in two countries

It has been a wild Friday afternoon within the Android rumor mill. YouTuber Jon Prosser claimed the Pixel 5a was canceled because of the well-known chip scarcity that affects most main tech sectors. Android Central backed up that report saying “the Google Pixel 5a is dead” (the positioning has since re-written the report) citing two completely different sources of their very own. Google shortly responded by taking pictures these reviews down, telling 9to5Google, “Pixel 5a 5G will not be canceled. It will likely be accessible later this yr within the US and Japan and introduced according to when final yr’s a-series telephone was launched.” Alright then!

Whereas that is official affirmation that the Pixel 5a “5G” is popping out someday this yr, it does not look like reviews of restricted chip provide had been completely off-base. Popping out solely within the US and Japan can be a dramatic discount of the Pixel line’s already very small checklist of supported nations. With regards to worldwide distribution, the Pixel line is without doubt one of the worst within the trade, usually launching in solely 9-12 nations. Opponents like Apple and Samsung launch in wherever from 70-100+ nations, and it feels like we’re now down to 2 nations for Pixel telephones.

After all, the Pixel 5a comes out within the US as a result of Google relies within the US, however seeing Japan because the second nation was a little bit of a shock. It seems that is truly the second-biggest market Google helps with the Pixel line. In comparison with the top-10 largest smartphone markets, Google’s “device availability page” lists the Pixel on the market in #three USA, #7 Japan, and #9 Germany. That is it. Google beforehand dabbled in India (and I positively would have guessed the US and India can be the final two nations standing), however India is not listed on the Pixel system availability web page and clearly is not within the playing cards for the Pixel 5a.

Google additionally offers us a timeline for the Pixel 5a launch, which is across the similar time because the Pixel 4a launch. The latter system was lastly introduced in August 2020 after a sequence of delays. We had been beforehand anticipating it to launch the identical time because the Pixel 3a, at Google I/O in Could, however the 4a got here out a number of months later. On the time, we blamed it on COVID points, however now it looks like August is changing into the norm.

Launching in solely two nations actually doesn’t look like a sustainable solution to construct a smartphone enterprise. This dramatic discount, even whether it is only for a yr, makes us surprise what is going to occur to the massive Pixel 6 launch, which was alleged to debut Google’s Whitechapel SoC.

Itemizing picture by Steve Hemmerstoffer