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’s phones find themselves subject to more scrutiny than any other – except perhaps the iPhone – when they launch, with reviewers picking out and early users often finding they don’t like.

These usually emerge in a number of sensationalised reports and often amount to nothing – but sometimes there’s something bigger going on. 

So here’s a rundown of some of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL problems, so you can see what bugs have appeared, how to fix them or what action is being taken. 

Background apps closing – memorygate 

This is the biggest issue that’s circulating around the Pixel 3: apps will close in the background when you don’t want them to. For some things that doesn’t , but if you jump out of a game to take a photo, you’ll return to the game and find the app has to completely restart – and that’s not good.

We suspect that Android is doing this to save background power usage in Android Pie, but at the moment, it doesn’t seem right and it can be annoying.

What’s happening about it? Google is aware of the issue, but there’s been no real meaningful response.

Photos don’t save when taken

This is an irritation that we’ve seen – as have many others. You can take a photo and then find that it doesn’t actually save – it just vanishes. You open the Photos and it’s not there. It doesn’t happen all the time, only once for us, but it might be related to the memory issue above.

What’s happening about it? Google is aware of the issue and will be releasing a fix according to The Verge. 

Night Sight feature is missing from the camera

Google talked up the camera’s night mode at the launch of the Pixel 3, but it’s not actually in the phone at launch.

What’s happening about it? It’s arriving as an update for Pixel 3 and older Pixel models “next month” (November).

Wireless charging restrictions 

The Pixel 3 phones will fast charge wirelessly if you use the Pixel Stand, but won’t fast charge on other devices. Equally, other devices are limited to slow charging on the Pixel Stand.

What’s happening about it? Google is working with partners to certify 10W wireless charging in the Made for Google programme according to Engadget. Whether that means other devices will fast charge on Pixel Stand, we don’t know. 

Poor sound quality in video capture

There have been reports of poor audio quality in video. This was something that was abundantly clear in YouTuber SuperSaf’s video comparison with the iPhone XS Max, where the Pixel 3 seems tinny and harsh by comparison.

What’s happening about it? Google said it’s deliberate and designed to remove background noise like wind, so it might never get a fix (you can also hear those effects in the video) according in Android Police.

Random notches appearing

There have been sightings of not just one notch, but multiple notches appearing on the Pixel 3 XL. This seems to be a bug that makes another cut-out appear somewhere else on the display. 

What’s happening about it? Google is aware and says that a fix is coming reports Piunikaweb.

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