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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
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1237 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-11-12 (Update: 2017-11-12)