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Pixel microphone issue: has Google fixed it already?

Google Pixel microphone problem

The Google Product Forum is the information hub for anything and everything to do with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and in recent months some users have been reporting catastrophic issues with the microphones on both of Google’s flagship devices. People posting on the forum have said that resorting to a factory reset doesn’t resolve this issue, but the fault hasn’t affected the camera app. 

Google Pixel microphone issue solution

Google has confirmed that this is a hardware issue, so software updates will do nothing to resolve this new microphone problem. Google has said that they are now engaging in a more rigorous process during the general manufacturing process and when certifying refurbished phones, in order to ensure they no longer have this defect.

Happily, for those of you who have purchased a new Pixel or Pixel XL in the last month or so, your device shouldn’t be affected. If you are experiencing any issues, Google recommends you seek a replacement for the device or contact the retailer where you purchased it.

Google Pixel speaker sound quality problem

Some owners of the Google Pixel and Pixel have been experiencing issues with their device’s audio in the past few months. In particular, the sound quality of the speakers is bad when the volume is set to its three highest levels, making a scratching, crackling sound. The result is that certain applications’ audio becomes unusable. To see if your device is affected, turn your device up to its top three volume levels, and try playing music or other audio. 

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Google Pixel speaker sound quality solution

What was once believed to be a hardware problem has now been fixed by a software update from Google. The February 2017 monthly security updates for the Pixel and Pixel XL has brought a fix to the issues with crackling speakers at the highest volume settings. If you’re still experiencing the issue, try getting the latest updates to fix the problem.

Google Pixel hardware changes?

While the Pixel had a few minor teething problems at launch, 9to5Google reports that Google’s actually been selling devices with a slightly revised hardware setup that could well include the fix for the microphone issue. According to one device owner, their handset has ‘Rev.B’ printed on its packaging. 

That’s not exactly uncommon – small problems are often addressed with minor hardware tweaks post-launch – but unfortunately there’s no firm details on what could have been changed for these devices. We’ve asked Google to spill the beans and will update if we hear back. 

Have you been experiencing issues with your Google Pixel or Pixel XL? Will you be contacting Google about getting a replacement? Let us know in the comments below. 

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