Google Pixel owners must be aware of a notorious and longstanding bug that is making a comeback on some devices. As reported by the Android Police, this notorious pixel bug has devastated all sensors of a device and essentially destroyed important functions of the handset like compass, gyroscope and proximity sensor. The bug was first discovered last year after the release of Android 10 and at that time affected devices before the Pixel 4: Pixel 2016 and Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
And now that bug is back with a bang, and some owners of Google’s newest phone – the Pixel 5 – have been hit by the frustrating problem.
It doesn’t look like this bug affects the vast majority of Pixel 5 devices, but there have been reports in the Google Support Community where it has affected a number of people.
One affected user who owns a Pixel 5 wrote: “The sensors worked in the beginning (I’m sure because I can first see how photos are taken the right way round).
“After a few days the phone restarted a few times. When it stopped, all the sensors stopped working: I no longer have a compass in Google Maps. The orientation does not change in any app, photos are saved the wrong way round.
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“Proximity during a phone call does not work at all (the phone next to the ear does not turn off the screen, has to do this manually).
“The screen brightness is no longer automatically adjusted. I have now noticed that the system user interface often stops working.
“I assume that something is now also affected by this defect.
“I didn’t do anything to this phone. When the reboots happened, it was on the coffee table and wasn’t touched.
“I can only imagine two things: A big software problem, but I can’t find any clues about it anywhere else on the web. So I’m assuming that the sensor bar in my hardware is not properly installed or is defective.”
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While another wrote: “Compass, proximity, accelerator, barometer etc. all sensors no longer work. I looked in an app that shows information for all sensors, there is only WiFi, battery and GPS. There is also in Google Map no compass arrow. Tried reboot and nothing improved in Safe Mode. “
The latest sensor problems sound very similar to the previous pixel problem caused by corruption in the pixel’s “persist” partition.
Thankfully, Google announced that the recently released December 2020 update addresses a number of sensor-related pixel issues.
After this patch was released, some Pixel 5 fans who posted on Google Support Community threads said that the patch fixed the issues they were experiencing.
So, if you are one of that group of Pixel 5 owners who have been affected by this pesky bug, be sure to download the latest Google update.
In other Pixel News, the last update for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has just been released.
The last wireless update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL – RP1A.201005.004.A1 – will be rolled out by Google this month.
This final patch release comes after the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hit end of support after a three-year update in October.
The final Pixel 2 update is a November delayed security patch.