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March update messes up the Google Camera app, leaves Pixel users in the lurch

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. (Source: Daily Express)
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. (Source: Daily Express)
After the March security update, users of the Pixel 3 phones are reporting stability issues with their camera apps. The app apparently lags heavily and tends to completely glitch out during use. This, of course, begs the question of what exactly the Pixels are good for if their cameras are unreliable.
Ricci Rox,

Google’s Pixel line of phones is marketed almost entirely on the photographic capabilities of the devices, so it’s always a tad amusing to see the very selling point of the devices being panned for not being up to par. The latest issue with the Pixel has come after the March OTA messed up the Camera app for a number of users.

Going by the numerous comments on the matter, including confirmation from Artem Russakovskii of Android Police and popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee, after the March OTA, the camera app has stability issues. The app has been said to be slow to start, freezes for seconds while recording, and altogether just glitches out and stops recording randomly.

This issue appears to be peculiar to the Pixel 3 phones. Of course, it isn’t a universal occurrence either, and a number of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners have claimed not to have noticed any such shenanigans.

That said, this isn’t the first time the Pixel camera app has been called out for being laggy and unstable. Take away the cameras from those phones and they’re a lot less attractive to the average owner; Google has to fix this.

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Ricci Rox - Senior Tech Writer - 2322 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
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Ricci Rox, 2019-03-10 (Update: 2019-03-10)