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More Google Pixel 2 woes, latest is a Bluetooth bug affecting Assistant

A Bluetooth bug is affecting 5-inch Pixel 2 owners using Assistant. (Google)
A Bluetooth bug is affecting 5-inch Pixel 2 owners using Assistant. (Google)
Google's woes with its Pixel 2 smartphones show no signs of abating. The latest drama affects users trying to activate Google Assistant over Bluetooth headphones on the smaller 5-inch Pixel 2.

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Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones have both received positive reviews at launch, however, in the ensuing weeks there have been numerous issues affecting the devices, particularly the larger Pixel 2 XL and is LG Display-manufactured pOLED display. This time, though, it appears that the smaller 5-inch Pixel 2 is the culprit with users reporting a Bluetooth bug that stops Google Assistant from working properly.

According to affected users, the glitch occurs when trying to activate Google Assistant over a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Although Google Assistant activates as expected, the Pixel 2 then mutes the Bluetooth headset mic so that it can’t hear the user’s commands. For a device that encourages owners to use Bluetooth headphones given its omission of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, the bug is more than inconvenient.

The issue has been plaguing users since October. Some had hoped that a patch that Google pushed out on November 5 would fix the problem, but it has persisted despite Pixel 2 owners applying the latest update. In the meantime, Google’s own Bluetooth Pixel Buds have started shipping to its users. While Pixel Bud owners pairing them to the Pixel 2 for music shouldn’t cause any issues, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to work properly with Assistant or the real time Google Translate feature.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-11-12 (Update: 2017-11-12)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.