While he didn't provide any concrete figures, Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently confirmed during the company's quarterly earnings call that Google has seen its device shipments more than double year-over-year.
Google launched the first Pixel phone in October 2016 and followed it up with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. On the other hand, the IDC says Apple shipped 215.8 million iPhones in 2017, which works out to 4.15 million a week.
Meanwhile, Google's success is also more evident when we look at the Essential Phone, which managed to sell less than 90,000 units in nearly the same time period as the original Pixel.
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The Pixel range debuted in 2016 and got a refresh late previous year, which brought us the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, so it's a relatively new brand when compared to iPhone and Galaxy S. Its availability is also limited to a handful of markets. Of course with a wider customer base you'll sell more phones. In addition, there are 499 Apple Stores spread out in 22 countries, while Google relies on occasional pop-ups and its online Google Store, with no constant physical retail presence.
Even with those relatively paltry sales numbers, Google also dealt with a lot of Pixel stock issues in 2017.
That means, as a rough estimate, it would take less than a week of iPhone sales to eclipse Google's entire 2017 Pixel shipments. That's not a massive number, but it shows great growth for the company's lineup. Don't expect a new Pixel handset before the fall, though. A big marketing push would definitely help, and so would distribution through major carriers.