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Pixel 3 XL Speakers Will Buzz No More After Software Update

by Justin Herrick | November 16, 2018November 16, 2018 10:30 am PST

Google’s Pixel phones are known to ship with issues, and most of them get fixed almost immediately. But the Mountain View-based company decided to ignore one for its latest flagship. Well, that’s until now. There will be a soon-to-be-released software update for the Pixel 3 XL to stop its speakers from buzzing.

Since it was released, the Pixel 3 XL earned criticism for this. The two front-facing speakers produced a crackling of sorts. Early on, Google explained that both speakers produced audio at different outputs. Yet that wouldn’t explain why there would be awful, distorted sound.

In fact, it caused me so much frustration that I exchanged my unit with Google. Some customers weren’t as lucky, though. Google wouldn’t replace all affected units despite the issue being quite clear.

The upcoming solution was mentioned by Google Support this week. When Android Police reached out to Google directly, it was confirmed. A software update will stop the buzzing and thus both front-facing speakers are set to be tweaked. That’s good for everyone who’s been disappointed by audio on the Pixel 3 XL.

We don’t know when the software update will arrive, but it’s probably going to be included with the December security patch level. Google often bundles together bug fixes and performance improvements.

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