The Google Pixel has easily been one of the most anticipated phones of the year. And, for many people, it’s more than met expectations; however, it’s becoming a let-down for other buyers, citing poor speaker quality. Not only that, but now reports are coming in that the speakers have a “crackling” problem.
Details after the break.
Reddit user badmark created a thread about the problem yesterday, and it has gained quite a bit of traction. Some Reddit users who commented say they haven’t seen the problem themselves, but the large majority is in agreement: the Pixel has a “crackling” problem under pretty random scenarios.
For the most part, it seems like this only happens when the volume is at its max setting while playing certain sounds. If you play a song, one song might not show any problem with the speaker while another song with different tones and instruments will show an obvious problem.
According to the thread creator, badmark, after installing NMF26Q (the Pixel XL’s second December update) on the phone. Not only that, but the user claims that this is the fourth Pixel XL he’s used, and all of them have the same problem. You can see an example here:
Google hasn’t yet responded to the problem either. A thread on the Google Product Forums was created way back in October, citing problems with the speaker. A Google Employee responded in early November, saying that the team was “investigating” the problem, but we haven’t heard anything since then.
Hopefully now that the problem is gaining more traction, we’ll get an official word from Google soon.
source: Reddit (/r/Android)