Pixel 2 XL handsets now affected by display flashes upon unlock

Google Pixel 2 XL

Internet giant Google is having a hard time with the launch of its latest flagship devices, the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Specifically, a number of Pixel 2 device owners have been lodging a complaint with the Pixel User Community (although the actual issue ultimately originated on Reddit) noting how Google Assistant does not seem to work with the two new Pixel phones when a set of Bluetooth headphones is thrown into the mix. If you haven't ordered the Pixel Buds and think you might want to, you can head over the Google Store and pick them up for $159. "It does not work when doing normal phone calls and in assistant, voice recognition or voice recording apps".

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 BoseĀ® QuietComfort 35 II. 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). 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. Likewise, device owners have reported the issues persists regardless of which brand of headphones are used. Google is yet to acknowledge the issue but we can expect some sort of software patch to fix the issue. In some posts, Pixel 2 XL users claim that the issue was seen when powering on the handset. After weeks of discussion, recent user comments suggest there is a temporary fix for the issue - blowing into the bottom speaker. According to one user, blowing air in the speaker brings back the microphone. Some users have also reported that screen flashes sometimes when it wakes up to show notifications.

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