Last week, Google started a wider roll out of Google Assistant for all Android devices running Marshmallow and Nougat. Up until this point, Google’s latest AI-powered virtual assistant was available exclusively on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
The Google Pixel has had a less than perfect launch, with the handset being plagued with various hardware issues since its retail availability. Almost six months after its launch, a new issue seems to have cropped up on the device: defective microphones.
Rick Osterloh, SVP of hardware at Google, has confirmed that Google will indeed be launching a Pixel 2 this year and it will continue being a “premium” handset.
Google today confirmed that it has identified a fix for Bluetooth randomly switching off for Pixel owners running the latest February security build of Nougat on their devices.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are arguably the best Android smartphone in the market right now, but their design is a major disappointment. For the price that it commands, the design of the Pixel with the huge bezels at the front looks very uninspiring and the lack of waterproofing does not help things either.
Google has started rolling out Instant Tethering feature to Pixel and Nexus handsets running Android 7.1.1 through a server-side update to Google Play Services. The feature makes it easy to quickly connect your devices to a mobile hotspot.
At this point, the ‘popping’ issue affecting the speaker of some units of the Google Pixel have been widely reported about. Many users believe that the issue is due to a faulty speaker chamber and have tried getting a replacement from Google. But since not all units of the handsets were affected, the real cause of the problem was unknown.
When it was discovered that the Pixel and Pixel XL use the same fingerprint sensor as the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, owners of the last Nexus handsets from Google demanded that the company add the handy ‘Swipe for notifications’ fingerprint gesture found on the Pixels to the 6P and 5X.
With the Google Pixel and Pixel XL now out in the wild, it’s par for the course that rumors would begin swirling around the company’s next flagship model.
As per research firm Wave7 Research, the Google Pixel continues to be in high demand at Verizon even after the end of the holiday season. The research firm conducted a survey by visiting 50 Verizon stores last week and noted that the Pixel accounted for 9.5 percent of the total smartphone sales on Verizon last month.