Back in the October of 2016, Google released the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. These were the much awaited, much speculated Google-branded devices which brought forward a new strategy when it comes to Android devices. Google killed off the Nexus series of smartphones and started off with Pixel devices as their premium and flagship smartphones. However, it wasn’t all hunky-dory for Pixel users too, as there were various bugs in the phone early on.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL users have gone through a lot – issues with the ‘best ever’ camera having lens flare (which was later corrected using mathematical calculations), then there was the issue of 4G LTE connectivity and drops in calls. Many users might be aware of the iPhone screenshot bug too. Google Pixel users are now suffering microphone issues. Many users are complaining on the Google Product Forums that their Pixel is not accepting audio input.
Users are complaining that either their phone is not taking audio input at all, or it is taking irregular audio input. Another thing that many users have in common is that the audio input seems to be working fine on the Google Pixel when it comes to the camera. Google has acknowledged this issue, and a Google executive has commented on the forums stating that this is an uncommon issue, but those facing it need to get their phones replaced via the retail outlets they bought it from.
This is so because it is not a software issue that can be treated with an update, but it is actually a hardware issue. There are three microphones in the Google Pixel – a main audio input and two ambiance mics. It seems like the solder that connects the three has a hairline fracture in the affected devices, thereby causing this problem. Thankfully all Google Pixel smartphones are under warranty and can easily be replaced.