Owners Report Pixel 2 / XL Google Assistant Bluetooth Bug

Google shares 10 tips for capturing great portraits on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Both the Google Assistant and Bluetooth headphones function properly independently of each other, so it's unlikely that it can't be fixed with an over-the-air update. After weeks of discussion, recent user comments suggest there is a temporary fix for the issue - blowing into the bottom speaker.

Pixel 2 owners have taken to the Google Product Forums to report that, when trying to activate the Google Assistant using Bluetooth headphones, the Assitant doesn't detect the user's voice. Blowing into the speaker like you would an old NES cartridge. "I believe this is a hardware issue unfortunately - or at least in my case. Doing this made my microphone work again and it continues to work when it goes out". Google Now has enabled users to search for song info since 2015, but it seems as though Google Assistant is on its way to replace it. Google is yet to acknowledge the issue but we can expect some sort of software patch to fix the issue. "Blowing into the speaker when the microphone is working causes it to fail", Zeird wrote.


Pixel 2 users have been complaining on social media about the device's Bluetooth overall, although it's not clear if the issues are related. "If a bluetooth device is connected, the Assistant (regardless as to how it is launched, if I am in lock screen or anywhere else) will not hear any audio from either phone or bluetooth headset". Users have posted videos showing a bright white or greenish flash that seems to confirm the issue. First, notice through live periscope streams past about 2 minutes.

The main caveat here is that you need to buy the Pixel you want with a device installment plan and keep that for its two-year duration in order to actually benefit from the deal. A new type of problem has cropped up on the internet where a small percentage of users are experiencing "screen flashes" whenever they lock or unlock the device. According to Google, it will provide you a 24 hours of listening time on a single charge.

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