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Google faces lawsuit in United States for allegedly selling defected Pixel smartphones

Google faces lawsuit in United States for allegedly selling defected Pixel smartphones

Some users have complained that all three microphones on the Pixel device would be disabled if they held the phone in different ways or used it in cold temperatures.

According to Google, Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones suffer from a "hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec". Google's support page is filled with numerous posts by users seeking a resolution to the problem.

But there was no fix for Pixel and Pixel XL phones aside from replacement under warranty.

An AndroidCentral report that yet another lawsuit has been filed against Google in the same week. The users allege that the defect made it extremely impossible to make a call and give voice commands from their first-generation Pixel phones.

Home Mini smart speaker: The company's new smart speaker was caught always listening. The plaintiffs in the complaint allege that knowingly sold phones with defective microphones.




After publicly acknowledging this issue back in March 2017, Google had advised replacement of Pixel smartphones in warranty. On top of it, they got no comfort from the company as Google customer service representatives informed that the company would not issue refunds for the defective devices, notes Inquisitr.

"However, the devices share the other key specifications, like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Android 8.0 Oreo OS, 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage (no microSD card slot), 12.3MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), EIS (gyro), phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and 1/2.6" sensor size, and an 8MP front-snapper with f/2.4 aperture and 1.4 μm pixel size.

The handsets come in 32GB or 128GB models, with microSD card slots enabling an additional 256GB of storage.

Since then, there have also been issues with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But the most frustrating of these problems was that a number of Pixels shipped with a defective microphone, which made it hard for people to use their Pixel as an actual phone. Interestingly, Girard Gibbs LLP, the same law firm that might be suing Google over the issues in the Pixel 2 range, is handling this lawsuit.


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