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Some Pixels Have Problems (techtimes.com) 69

An anonymous reader quotes Tech Times: Pixel owners have so far reported on camera issues, audio issues, LTE band 4 connectivity problems and others, but the random freezing remains among the most persistent ones. While most previous issues have already received a fix, users have been complaining about the Google Pixel or Pixel XL randomly freezing since November and it seems Google has yet to get to the bottom of this. The official Pixel User Community forum has a long thread on the matter and the discussion started a good while back [in early November]...

[U]sers reporting on the Pixel Community Forum run different apps and they haven't found a common denominator just yet, and some don't have any third-party apps at all, further suggesting that the issue might not be caused by a third-party app. On the other hand, some Pixel owners got rid of this issue by uninstalling a third-party app called Live360 Family Locator, but others didn't even have the app installed and still experienced the issues.

Despite the problems, "most Pixel owners thus far have been quite pleased with their device," notes BGR -- though Softpedia also reports on some users complaining about "static and distorted sounds when at the three highest volume levels."
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Some Pixels Have Problems

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  • WTF? (Score:4, Funny)

    by adolf ( 21054 ) <flodadolf@gmail.com> on Monday December 26, 2016 @07:36AM (#53555151) Journal

    I thought the main benefit of a Google phone was that it worked well, and tended to be cheap.

    This one isn't cheap, and doesn't work well.

    • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Higaran ( 835598 ) on Monday December 26, 2016 @07:43AM (#53555165)
      Yes, google really screwed up on this year, they literally built a iphone clone, running android, and got rid off all the things that made their phones great, including the name.
      • An Indian company seems to he done better https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]
      • So you are saying that maybe Apple does a bit more than just slap together ideas from other companies and charge more for the logo? That doesn't play with the narrative that people try to sell around here...

        Two iPhone 6 clones, two phones with serious problems. At least the Pixel doesn't burst into flames, I guess.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        Yes, google really screwed up on this year, they literally built a iphone clone, running android, and got rid off all the things that made their phones great, including the name.

        Don't forget the limited support - Google says it will have 2 years of software updates, plus a final year of security updates. And that's it.

        Their old Nexus line had support for 18 months AFTER it stops going on sale. In fact, the 5X/6P was released because the 5/6 were coming up to the 18 month mark

        Heck, Apple has longer support f

    • Building a phone is hard work. There area lot of details that us armchair designers fail to realize. The got rid of a port for more battery life. But look at x they did it with the port only a few months later you see they catch on fire because the battery is too tightly put in the device.
      There is a saying don't get version 1 of a device unless you can afford it to not work.

      • by adolf ( 21054 )

        They're all version 1 devices, though.

        There's never a subtle revision to fix things up. It's always a complete overhaul, v1.0 device.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 26, 2016 @07:58AM (#53555199)

    I was looking at my monitor looking for dead pixels and wondering how you would know which pixels are dead?
    Could we please maybe add a FUCKING SENTENCE to describe what the FUCK you are talking about!?

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Pixel is an Android 7 phone from Google manufactured by HTC, Google for some reason decided to piss off their Android vendors by making their own phone, only to make an ugly crap phone selling on the Google brand, not its own feature set.

      Google use to make cutting edge phones that drove the feature set of Android, but this one has a middling screen, no SD card support, and no unique selling points as such. It lacks any style, and a lot of the features you'll find in third party Android phones.

      It's supposed

    • by rossdee ( 243626 )

      Thats what I thought when I read the headline too

      Then I thought about "The Cat that Walks through walls"

    • Wow. Like you couldn't discern from the first sentence that a device having a camera, audio, and LTE Band 4 capabilities, sharing the name of one of the most-hyped phones of the year, was a phone? You must either be an idiot or a troll. Although I did like the spittle-flecked shouting of your faux outrage.

      • Wow. Like you couldn't discern from the first sentence that a device having a camera, audio, and LTE Band 4 capabilities, sharing the name of one of the most-hyped phones of the year, was a phone? You must either be an idiot or a troll. Although I did like the spittle-flecked shouting of your faux outrage.

        You're getting little froth on your keyboard as well, muchacho. The summary wasn't well written, and not all of us are born knowing everything. One less espresso in the morning might be indicated.

        • I dunno, with this hot weather we've been having and lounging around on holidays, I doubt I've been getting *enough* coffee. :)

      • Wow. Like you couldn't discern from the first sentence that a device having a camera, audio, and LTE Band 4 capabilities, sharing the name of one of the most-hyped phones of the year, was a phone? You must either be an idiot or a troll.

        I'm with him.

        What's so hard about making the headline "Some Pixel Phones Have Problems"? With just six more keystrokes the problem completely goes away.

        My time is precious. When I'm reading the slashdot front page I don't want to have to read a whole paragraph and do a bunc

    • This is why when naming your product, you should make up a completely new word (Vaio, Camry, iPhone, etc), or use an existing word which describes something so different there are no confusing context problems with your product (Galaxy, Mustang, Nexus). The former method also makes searches for the product a lot easier, as the only search results you'll get are about the product.

      The company which is the worst at violating this rule is Microsoft - Windows, Office, Word, Live, Passport, etc. But Google s
    • Could we please maybe add a FUCKING SENTENCE to describe what the FUCK you are talking about!?

      It's right there in the first sentence of the summary:

      Pixel owners have so far reported on camera issues, audio issues, LTE band 4 connectivity problems and others, but the random freezing remains among the most persistent ones.

      If that doesn't scream mobile phone to you then wtf are you doing reading Slashdot.

  • The Pixel I was stuck with had Sandler in it
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 26, 2016 @08:35AM (#53555257)

    I'm on a different Android phone and recently upgraded to the latest version of Android and dealing with freezes and extreme sluggishness almost daily.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Mod this guy up. My Nexus 6p has most of the same problems and and my Galaxy S4 before it. Android is and always has been dogshit in regard to stÃbility and fluidity, and every year we are told it's finally fixed (Project Butter?). Only reason I hang with it is flexibility and control. If they keep retreating on those grounds I will have no reason left.

      • Have you considered getting cheaper devices? My Blu HD R1 ($60) and my Coolpad phone ($30) are both smooth as silk and neither of them ever crash.

        It could just be that you're spending too much money, overloading the wallet chip and causing irregular bank account drains.

      • Meanwhile Apple continues to slowly make concessions to users' demands for added freedoms and features, like:

        Adblocking, introduced in iOS 9. Some of the popular adblocking apps are really quite good, even compared to the best adblockers on the desktop like uBlock Origin, but perhaps not quite as performant (meh).

        Sideloading; for $0 you can use a Hackintosh + an Apple developer account, or some open source experimental build tools on github, to compile open source iOS apps and load/run them on your phone --

    • I'm on a different Android phone and recently upgraded to the latest version of Android and dealing with freezes and extreme sluggishness almost daily.

      Sounds like you need your thyroid checked.

  • early adopter tax

    • early adopter tax

      Bullshit.

      HOW long has Google been Developing Android?!?

      HOW long has Google been Designing Android Phones?!?

      HOW long has HTC been building Android Phones?!?

      So exactly WHAT is "EARLY"???

      • by Osgeld ( 1900440 )

        the 1 month old phone retard

        • the 1 month old phone retard

          ORLY? If Apple released an iPhone version with this many defects, you would literally never hear the end of bitching. And yet, you dismiss this with a hand-wave.

          Typical Fandroid Slashtard.

          • by Osgeld ( 1900440 )

            I have never ONCE bitched at apple for having early defects in products

            apparently you are too stupid to know what an early adopter tax is, let me spell it out for you since you can no process whole phrases yourself

            Company X comes out with brand new device Y and your a fucktard for buying it as soon as you can, and whine there's something wrong with it, that's your penility for being a fucktard

            doesnt matter who makes it, samsung, sony, apple, HP whirlpool, you are stupid for jizzing your pants over something

            • Funny that someone with grammar and spelling skills as non-existant as the ones demonstrated below (see bolded words) would say that I have a language-parsing defect.

              Company X comes out with brand new device Y and your a fucktard for buying it as soon as you can, [comma-splice] and whine there's something wrong with it,[comma-splice] that's your penility for being a fucktard [no period at end of sentence]

              Hahahahahaha!!!!

              • by Osgeld ( 1900440 )

                oh you got me with a zinger, doesnt mean your not a fucktard, your a fuctard with nothing better to do than grade forum posts

                • oh you got me with a zinger, doesnt mean your not a fucktard, your a fuctard with nothing better to do than grade forum posts

                  Actually, it was FIVE zingers in one run-on sentence. And there's one in the sentence above, too.

                  And you brought it on yourself by stating:

                  [...] since you can no process whole phrases yourself [...]

                  Which contains ANOTHER "zinger", BTW...

                  If I were you, I'd quit at this point. It's just getting funnier by the sentence!

  • by yobtah ( 16795 ) on Monday December 26, 2016 @09:18AM (#53555357)
    Smartphones are complex. A few examples of any given model will have problems. iPhone, Galaxy, Pixel, all of them. Does anyone know what typical problem rates are? Are the problem rates for Pixel phones close to typical? If so, there's nothing notable to see here.
    • Smartphones are complex. A few examples of any given model will have problems. iPhone, Galaxy, Pixel, all of them. Does anyone know what typical problem rates are? Are the problem rates for Pixel phones close to typical? If so, there's nothing notable to see here.

      Not this many problems in one unit, sorry.

      Google rushed this out for the holiday season, and witness the result.

      Plus, they essentially are pulling a slow-motion "Plays for Sure" trick with their fork of Android and their OEM Android Licensees.

      And now CyanogenMod is dead.

      Stick a fork in Android. It was horrible while it lasted...

  • I've had the same problem on my Nexus 6P since a few months. It doesn't happen often (at most once or twice per week) so it's not overly problematic, but when it does it completely freezes the device until some watchdog kicks in and it reboots itself.
  • I have told every one for half a century that RGB sucks, no one paid atention.
    Now you got pixels with problems! Now the bits of those 24bit color codes are in your hands!!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'll bet it's a memory issue. I remember a while back that early GoPro cameras were freezing for no reason and one of the prime suspects was a poorly coded app that was requesting a block of memory, but never checking to see if it was successful.

  • My pixel is working great. I'm glad I'm not hit by whatever this bug is.

  • My pixel has crashed once on the Google Assistant. Other than that, no major issues. I changed from iPhone because of the 1) headphone jack, 2) iTunes is a dreadful experience, and 3) Apple destroyed their music app.

    Copying music became super easy with drag and drop from Linux and Windows, and the Music app works fine. What I hate about the Pixel or Android:

    1) Google music app has no gapless playback? Really? 2016?
    2) When connected to bluetooth, all audio needs to go over bluetooth. Apparently, the

  • My Nexus 5X (latest Android update available) goes into bouts of unresponsiveness sometimes. It comes back in about 2-5 minutes without a reboot, but it just goes into a coma for no reason once in a while. Most of the time it's when I wake it up - i.e. when I actually need to use it. So far I didn't get this in a critical situation, but I expect that will happen at some point - say, when I need to use Android Pay to pay for something (oops, my phone froze, sorry).

  • The company that popularized the Internet search engine (once again) deliberately named a product line after one of the most common words on the Internet, rendering it beyond impossible for anyone to reliably connect with other people discussing it except by direct navigation to a specific place where (they suspect) discussions might be happening.

    GOOGLE PRODUCT NAMING MEETING TRANSCRIPT REVEALED

    They're at Google --- They Are Google --- and the moment is come. It happened on the Day of the Stupid in a round

  • Sadly, this has been my experience with Android in general. I gave up on it.

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