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Google's Pixel smartphone production is being shifted from China to Vietnam

Google Pixel 3a XL
Google Pixel 3a XL (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google is moving production of its Pixel smartphones to Vietnam.
  • Rising labor costs and increasing tariffs in China from the trade war are the main reasons.
  • Google will also be shifting its production of other American-bound hardware products to other countries.

It looks as if Google's Pixel smartphone is about to swap its made in China sticker for a made in Vietnam one. A recent report from Nikkei shows that Google began work this summer to convert an old Nokia factory in Vietnam for the production of its Pixel smartphones.

The move comes in response to rising costs of labor in China and the threat of ever-increasing tariffs from the trade war. Two sources close to the matter said, "this is the same province where Samsung developed its smartphone supply chain a decade ago."

Google will have access to an experienced workforce, while also diversifying its hardware manufacturing. That's important if Google hopes to meet its goal of shipping 8 to 10 million smartphones this year. It's double from a year ago, but recently Google has seen a surge in sales after releasing the Pixel 3a. According to stats from Counterpoint Research, Pixel sales are up 88% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2019.

This isn't the first time Google has moved hardware production since the trade war began. Back in June, it moved production of its American-bound Nest products and motherboards to Taiwan. Eventually, Google plans to move the production of the majority of its American-bound products outside of China.

The shift for the Pixel 3a to Vietnam is expected to happen before the end of the year, while sources say smart speaker production will most likely be moved to Thailand.

16 Comments
  • As long as this does not result in exploitation of any Vietnamese workers, I welcome this news. Not because I support or agree with anything #45 says, because I have a serious problem with certain detention camps being run in Western China to [attempt to] erase the identity of an entire religion. The leader behind these camps isn't worthy of any prosperity being attributed to his leadership.
  • It's amazing how little that gets reported on. Absolutely terrible what they're doing there.
  • It's expected. To have those reports on western media would pave the way for people to learn about Islam, which the media bosses will not do because it's against their interests.
  • I agree with you. But #45 will take all the credit, even though a our farmers are starving.
  • They deserve it. They voted that moron into office!
  • It's much better to vote in a known mob boss that habitually lies, kills those that disagree with her and steals from the American people. You're brilliant! By the way......please read the latest NOT from CNN,
  • You haven't been paying attention. Does the term Japan mean anything to you?
  • You mean like Muslims do pretty much everywhere they are a majority in the world? Name me one country on Earth where other religions enjoy true real freedom where Muslims are the majority. Spare me your ignorant outrage. You have zero clue what you're talking about. And this is coming from someone who absolutely despises Communism.
  • Oh please. Every Muslim-majority country has real true religious freedom (Shia countries like Iran are not Muslim, not dwelvimg into specifics here but their beliefs go against the one-ness of God). Spain would be majority Muslim if Muslims didn't allow 'true religious freedom' . I live in Kuwait and have been in an American school during my school years, and i know enough Americans and English people who happily call Kuwait home. We have churches etc. I also got my Masters in Arizona, where ignorant people are abundant (i blame education and media, not the people).
  • Nice to hear
  • 🤔This can't be a reaction to a problem that can be quickly resolved (the trade war), but rather that Google knows something we don't. Get your aluminum foil hats ready in 3... 2... 1... 😜
  • Here we go.....
    My 17 year old GoldStar microwave stopped working!!!
    Must be Trump's fault right?? I mean it was working before he got elected President. The post above mine is correct get out your tin foil hats before your phone starts spying on you while you're sleeping LOL :)
  • Good. Forget those communist pigs! Not the people that is, The Chinese government.
  • Yeah, those damn commies! Let's move to Vietnam - a truly free and democratic society! Oh Lord, let brains rain down from heaven!
  • Sigh......are you really that out of touch? (Tried to keep it civilized)
  • Well apple is ran by communist also.