Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."
Google released its newest Pixel phones – the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL – on October 4. While the headset has yet to start shipping worldwide, consumers from select countries (where the phone is already available) have found a string of issues with the Pixel 3.
Here is a list of known issues on the Pixel 3 duo and what Google’s doing about it.
Some photos not saved in the memory
Right of the bat, some of the users (including Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii) reported an issue where the phone was not saving some photos snapped through its camera. Several users from Reddit also chimed in, confirming the issue. Sadly, even Nexus users encountered this bug in the past. Google told us over an email that a fix is on its way.
Apps closing in the background
Many observed that apps are closing in the background, causing in extra reloading time when they have opened again. The issue supposedly stems from a new memory management process Google has adopted for its new phones. XDA Developers noted that a user reported this problem in the issue tracker forum and Google said it has passed this to the development team. We’re yet to get an update on this from the company.
Pixel grows another notch
In another hilarious issue, some users are seeing an extra emulated notch on their Pixel 3 XL screens (as if one was not enough). Thankfully, the company confirmed to Android Police that it will release an update to resolve this.
So my Pixel randomly grew another notch today. ? https://t.co/c6Pff9MVmW pic.twitter.com/ugjfLmCkDZ
— UrAvgConsumer (@UrAvgConsumer) October 24, 2018
Few folks using the Google Pixel 3 XL are finding that videos are off-center in landscape mode in apps like YouTube. Google said it will issue a patch for this.
Buzzing/distortion in speakers
A report also claims that a bunch of devices are suffering from buzzing or distortion at high volume levels. We have sent an email to Google regarding this issue and will update the post when we hear back.
No HDR compatibility for Netflix
XDA Developers reported earlier this week that Netflix has not yet certified the new Google devices for HDR playback. But Google said that users can expect to watch HDR-enabled Netflix soon.
All in all, this year’s Pixel devices are not facing very serious issues like screen burn-in found in last year’s Pixel 2 XL. Most of these issues will be solved when Google issues a software fix. We will continue to update the post if more issues crop up.
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