Google’s latest smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are the talk of the town.
The phones offer flagship level specs with the promise of timely and frequent software updates. However, even in all of their greatness, many are reporting various problems with the two handsets.
We will continue to update this post when more issues arise and when Google confirms that fixes are on their way.
One of the first widely reported issues to affect the Pixel 3 XL is a buzzing sound that emits from the phone’s bottom speaker. Notification sounds and music trigger the issue.
Google announced that it’s working on a fix for the issue.
For more on the issue, click here.
According to reports from Android Police, the December security patch has fixed the buzzing sound issue or at least reduced it.
Some users have reported that when charging their device or making a video call the smartphone gets really hot. Users report that they receive a notification stating that their handsets are overheating, while others indicate the phone just shuts off by itself.
Google is sort of working on a fix. In a comment to MobileSyrup, Google stated, “Like many phones, Pixel is designed to turn off once it reaches a certain temperature. For Pixel 3, you can find more about our safety compliance here. In addition, we are always looking for ways to improve phone performance to mitigate conditions that result in higher temperatures.”
For more on the overheating issue, click here.
Screen flickering issue
Users on Reddit have voiced complaints regarding the Pixel 3’s flickering screen. The flickering issue causes areas of the phone’s display to brightly light up while other portions remain dark.
Some users suggested that the flickering problem is caused by the phone’s ambient display functionality.
For more on the screen flickering concern, click here.
Text messages disappearing
Some users claim that complete conversations and group chats will disappear from their Messaging app. The issue only happens on the Pixel 3 handsets, so it became evident that the bug was phone-based and not due to an issue with the app.
Google recently told Gizmodo that a fix for the problem is coming soon.
For more on the disappearing text messages, click here.
There’s also an amusing issue that can cause a side notch to appear on the Google Pixel 3 XL. In my experience, this issue will persist for about 30 seconds at most and then disappears by itself. However, other users say that they’ve seen their phone’s second notch stay until they restart their phone.
Google confirmed that a fix coming soon.
For more on the double notch issue, click here.
Lastly, there’s also memory management issue with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. The problem is caused by the device’s internal RAM. With the Pixel 3, the device is only able to jump between a couple of apps at a time before it begins to automatically close apps.
Google says a fix is coming in the next few weeks. In its statement, the company said that the update would prevent background apps from closing too early in “certain situations.”
For more on the internal memory issue, click here.
Update: Google released a fix for this issue with the December security update. The listing indicated “improved memory performance in certain circumstances.”
Camera “encountered a fatal error”
Pixel 3 users have reported experiencing an issue that causes the camera to have pop up saying “fatal error.”
Google is reportedly working on the fix but it has yet to roll out.