Friday, 17 November, 2017

Pixel 2 XL handsets now affected by display flashes upon unlock

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Earnest Maxwell | 12 November, 2017, 02:01

Pixel 2 users get to sample a whole host of Android features that are unique to Google's second generation flagships.

Fast Pair in particular is an awesome feature that's now available in only select few Made for Google headphones: Google Pixel Buds of course, Libratone's Q Adapt On-Ear, and Bose® QuietComfort 35 II.

The problem is fairly simple.

In what seemed partially meant to be consolation for removing the headphone jack from the Google Pixel 2, the Mountain View company announced the Google Pixel Buds, a pair of semi-wireless headphones (they're still wired to each other, but now your phone). The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also have the capability to passively listen to music that is playing and identify it on screen, limited to popular tracks. One of the most common seems to when the phone is locked and the user tries to initiate Google Assistant by squeezing the phone and activating the Active Edge feature.

One of the users reported a temporary solution to the issue, "I believe this is a hardware issue unfortunately - or at least in my case". "I was able to replicate the issue by blowing into the bottom speaker. Yes... Blowing into the speaker when the microphone is working causes it to fail", Zeird wrote. When we tested for the issue, for the most part Google Assistant seemed to be working fine (i.e. Google Assistant could be activated via the hotword, questions could be asked, and responses were received - all through the headset).

There are some users who have claimed that changing the settings especially turning the Ambient Display off and on again does fix the issue. A user said in the Pixel User Community forums that her Pixel 2 XL's screen would flash white when the device was unlocked, when the screen woke up to show notifications, when it locked by itself and when she manually locked it. I noticed it about 1-2 hours after purchasing (on 10/19/2017).

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