Pixel Buds pre-orders now heading out Google's doors

11 November, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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Whether it be display controversy with the XL model, clicking/hissing noises with its smaller brother, or defective microphones across both handsets, to say that Google's latest and greatest has been faced with a bit of trouble would be an understatement. They also pack some features that are exclusive to Android phones (Google Assistant and Fast Pair) and others that are exclusive to just the Pixel lineup: Google Translate.

Google has offered the Activity Recognition API to third-party developers for several years already, enabling them to build applications that need to know what activity a user is now engaged in, be it running, walking, cycling or, indeed, driving. This issue doesn't happen all the time in a particular unit but if your phone is one of the "unlucky ones", then you don't know when the screen will next flash on the Pixel 2 XL. However, it seems quite weird that a problem in a premium flagship such as the Pixel 2 needs to be resolved by actions such as blowing in the microphone. I was able to replicate the issue by blowing into the bottom speaker. Yes.


Google is having a hard time with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagship devices. However, the fix is not a permanent one and users might have to replace their devices. Blowing into the speaker like you would an old NES cartridge. The Pixel 2 XL flashing screen was even caught on a video and shared on the Phandroid YouTube channel. Unfortunately for Google, the issue seems to have plagued quite a few users and seems like a hardware issue rather than a software problem. Doing this made my microphone work again and it continues to work when it goes out. "If a bluetooth device is connected, the Assistant (regardless as to how it is launched, if I am in lock screen or anywhere else) will not hear any audio from either phone or bluetooth headset". This seemingly confirms that the screen flashing issue is related to software.

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