In its latest update, Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. reports a strong second quarter with revenues of $38.9 billion. This quarter’s device sales were not surprisingly driven by the budget Pixel 3a.
Google Second Quarter Revenue
Google’s second quarter revenues of $38.9 billion is 19 percent higher than its $32.7 billion revenue for the same period in 2018. The company saw gains across its business segments from hardware to Play Store units, coming in higher than what was expected for the company.
In a statement, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says that the momentum and growth the company is seeing is thanks to breakthroughs in AI, improvements in products such as Google Search, Maps, and Google Assistant, as well as the company’s cloud and hardware offerings.
“Our effort to build a more helpful Google for everyone brings countless opportunities to help users, partners, and enterprise customers every day,” says Pichai. Analysts are calling it a "really strong quarter” for the company across the board.
Google Pixel 3a
Noteworthy, however, is the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL’s major contribution to the revenues, as the 3a helped double the company’s smartphone sales compared to the previous quarter. In fact, when released in May, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were received with critical acclaim, owing to the classic Pixel experience they bring at half the cost of Google’s flagship Pixel phones.
This could prove to be good news for Google, and the growth in smartphone sales may continue, especially since the Pixel 4 is expected to be launched in the coming months, with leaked photos revealing a rather intriguing cutout on the right-hand side, possibly to make space for a sensor that will allow users to control their phones without touching the screen.
No matter what Google has in store for the Pixel 4, what is clear is that the Pixel 3a is doing a good job of paving the way for it.