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New Pixel-series hardware defects may result in another lawsuit for Google

Google may face another lawsuit soon. (Source: Google)
Google may face another lawsuit soon. (Source: Google)
A law firm has posted an invitation to Pixel 3 users to contribute to a class action it may build against Google for hardware issues in this phone. In addition, it is claimed that the device's camera results in unacceptable jittering and crashing. Dissatisfied owners may now fill out an online form in order to join this potential suit.

The Pixel 3 series could be argued to have been a relative success in the history of Google's foray into smartphone-making. The bathtub-sized notch in the XL variant aside, it ushered in or refined a host of valued or innovative software features, Night Sight, Lens and Duplex included.

Furthermore, the 2018 phones stand to enjoy the next major Android upgrade in a nearly zero-day manner, and, if nothing else, feature the increasingly rare property of front-facing speakers. However, a law firm asserts that enough users have found fault with the base model that it may be able to mount legal action against Google on their behalf.

Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP (CSK&D) has issued a public call for Pixel 3 owners to join the potential class action in question. They are eligible to do so if the phone in question has exhibited abrupt battery drain and shuts down as a result.

The suit now under evaluation may also be based on another problem in which the 3's camera interface "shakes and vibrates" in a way that impacts on the quality of images or video taken with it. These are specific examples, although it also seems the firm would like to hear from users with any kind of persistent defect.

Google has already conceded an earlier day in court related to the Nexus 6P and its own battery life: time will now tell if the search giant should lose another.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06-23 (Update: 2020-06-23)