Google replacing Pixel 2 XLs sent to customers without Android installed
There have been a few unnecessary issues around the Pixel 2 launch. The screen on the Pixel 2 XL is prone to burn in (or maybe just a temporary ghosting/shadow), and excessive blue color shift. There are software problems too such as Android Auto causing random software and UI crashes on both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
A surprising problem that showed itself a couple of days ago was the recent news that some users were receiving Pixel 2 XLs with no operating system installed. The phone was effectively bricked on arrival, as can be seen on Reddit and the Ars Technica Forums.
We think Google was trialling a new initiative to help reduce Android fragmentation, but a few witty Redditors have other reasons for this "feature":
- “Hey you asked for no bloatware, you got no bloatware.” – genos1213
- “This is why I love the Pixel. 0 bloat.” – Deadpool5405
- “New Pixel 2. No OS courageus [sic]” - MasterRaceLordGaben
In response to Engadget, Google claims that the problem has been fixed and won’t affect any Pixel 2 XL devices going forwards. Replacement devices have been sent to those affected.