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Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Common Problems

Google brings a lot to the market, especially in the camera and software departments. The newly launched Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with brilliant cameras and software, but just like the Pixel 2 series, the new smartphones also have their issues. Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have suffered from some annoying flukes and problems since their launch.

Here’s The List Of Issues With Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL:

Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 Xl Common Problems

Google Pixel 3 Camera Problem:

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are affected by bugs and software glitches. The latest in that story is a camera bug that seems to be affecting only the Pixel 3 and not the Pixel 3 XL. The issue is that the primary camera would crash or become non-responsive whenever you try to use the camera from within a third-party camera app.

The only viable solution in such a scenario is to restart the device. Google says it has identified a fix and will roll out the same.

Call Quality And Connectivity Issues:

Many Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users have taken to Google Product forums to report issues related to call quality and connectivity on their devices. Sound during calls includes variable, tinny, and even inconsistent audio-to-call connection times and issues with the microphone.

The issue doesn’t with any particular device type, country, or model, and it seems to affect both Wi-Fi and cellular calls. Device replacement and even software reset do not seem to fix the problem. Google has not issued any comments at the time of writing.

Vibrations For Notifications During Video Recording:

Some Pixel 3 users see that their device will “still vibrate for the incoming notifications” while video recording. The vibration from the notification will cause the video to distort and lose concentration while recording. Ideally, most Pixel devices should block out the notifications’ vibration and sound when the user is recording the video. However, on Google Pixel 3, the software is not blocking vibration and sound.

Pixel Screen Flickering Issue:

The issue caused the display to brightly light up in some parts while the other portions are dimly lit. Users assume this is connected to the display sensor, which may malfunction. There have been other devices that faced similar issues, which were later fixed with software updates, and are these are verified; then Google will probably come up with a quick update to fix this issue.

Fast Charging Issue With Third-Party Wireless Chargers:

While the two new Pixel smartphones support fast wireless charging at 10W, it seems restricted to the Pixel Stand only. Users report that wireless charging is being capped at 5W when third-party chargers.

Sound In The Speaker At Certain Frequencies:

Some Google Pixel 3 users complain about distorted or buzzing sounds from the bottom speaker. Some people also complain that this problem persists even at a low volume.

Google has acknowledged the issue and promised it’ll be fixed via an upcoming software update soon. The information was provided to a Twitter user by a Google support agent.

Poor Audio In Video Recording:

Many Pixel 3 users have complained about audio quality issues when smartphone video recording. The issue also came into the limelight when a pair of popular YouTubers compared the recording audio quality with the iPhone XS Max. The Pixel 2 XL also had a similar issue where the audio appeared distorted and high-pitched. While Google issued a software update to fix this issue, this time around, the problem seems to be a little different.

Soon after users started complaining, Google said it had specifically tuned the audio to reduce the background noise while optimizing the spoken words. In short, Google is saying that it is by design and not a problem as such.

Memory Management:

A lot of users have reported memory management issues that kill background apps. Among the prominently used cases, music and podcast apps close without warning. This could be because the Android OS needs more RAM to be free. Maybe, a flagship smartphone with 4GB of RAM in 2018 wasn’t a good idea after all.

The Camera Fails To Save Pictures:

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL sometimes fail to save the pictures. Many users have complained about the same on Reddit, which means it is not an isolated issue. Complaints have already been noted on Google Product Forums, but Google is yet to respond. Some users did note that the Doze battery-saving feature could cause the problem, and disabling it worked to fix the problem for some users.

Wi-Fi Fails To Connect:

This problem occasionally causes the Pixel device to fail to automatically latch onto the Wi-Fi network even when it is in coverage. We have been facing the same issue on our Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 2 XL, where it doesn’t connect with the network even after turning on Wi-Fi. The issue seems to be particularly with 802.1x EAP networks. Some users on Reddit and other forums have also been reporting speed drop issues.

Overheating During Charging, Leading To Shutdowns:

It’s normal for all smartphones to get a little hot while being charged. However, in the case of Google’s newest Pixel 3, this problem is more painful. In some cases, the issue is so bad that it causes the smartphone to shut down. As per reports, the issue seems to crop up when the smartphone is used for a resource-intensive task (e.g., extended video call) while charged.

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