The range of Google Pixel smartphones has just received the new models that will debut the Tensor G2 chip. With the new Google Pixel 7, the company has opted for 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, although you can opt for a 256 GB version. Its main attraction is, without a doubt, its cameras, as it has been the strong point of the Pixel for years. These reach a maximum of 50 megapixels in the case of the main rear camera, where we also highlight a 12-megapixel wide angle. In addition, in both the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro models, the screen receives improvements, such as a 25% increase in brightness and a 2K+ resolution and 120 Hz at the top of the range.
However, while the phones have received great feedback so far, not everything seems to be perfect as users have already come across some problems. Here are the most notable ones.
Google launched its new Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones on October 13. Barely a day has passed since it went on sale and the Google Pixel 7 Pro is already having problems, specifically with its screen, something that should worry users as it greatly reduces battery life.
We know this information thanks to Adam Conway, senior technical editor of XDA-Developers, who has been analyzing the Google Pixel 7 Pro. He emphasizes that the battery of this new model lasts considerably longer than that of the Google Pixel 6 Pro, but at the same time when the brightness is increased, the battery plummets. Specifically, when using the smartphone at maximum brightness, it is observed that the battery life drops drastically.
This should not be anything new, since all mobile phones consume more when used with maximum brightness and therefore, battery hours are considerably reduced. However, this case is more extreme and in view of the concern, he decided to measure the battery consumption of the Google Pixel 7 Pro screen. In addition, he compared it with the Google Pixel 6 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, both of which consume less energy at the same screen brightness level.
According to some reports, the first update of the Google Play system does not install a large number of units of these mobiles. Some Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users have received notifications that their new phones have a small Google Play system update pending download, which is less than 1MB in size and requires installation. Instead, when they follow the instructions on mobile, these people received a "Failed to update" warning. Otherwise, they should receive the prompt to reboot the device and thus finish the installation process.
In those Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones that have not received these notifications for the update, when trying to start it manually, this error message could be verified. Even trying to restart it, no help can be found to finish this update installation.
Currently the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro launch a warning that the version of the Google Play system is out of date. This makes it clear that the last update that the smartphone contains would be from July, clarifying that this software would be prior to its October launch. A single update should resolve the issues.
If display power consumption problems weren't enough, the display seems to be quite irresponsive with some phones. To be more precise, the touchscreen scrolling fluidity seems quite off. In some cases, the scrolling speed is way slower than the finger movement. In other cases, it can be quite the contrary – it scrolls way too fast, and this case is much more frequent.
While it is indisputable that this happens, it is still unknown whether this is an error or simply how the phone is set this time around. The Pixel 7 Pro comes with a 120 Hz screen, which is quite faster than what was offered in the years prior. This switch may have tricked some people into thinking that the display reacts "too fast" to the movement.
In any case, Google has sped-up screen responsiveness, and the way people use their phones today, it is a good decision. However, this change may have led to faulty displays and users should be aware of it. Whatever the case may be, some users have reported that a simple system upgrade will solve these issues.
Apart from the most common problems named above, some slight errors can happen occasionally. Many of them can be fixed with system upgrades so if you happen to come across such problems, just upgrade the system and you will be good to go. Other problems may be:
- The camera app crashes – some users experienced constant freezing or crashing of the camera app. This will repeat constantly until the camera app has been upgraded from the Play Store.
- Not all operators are compatible with eSIM – this may be the fault of the operator instead of the phone itself. While physical SIM cards work great, eSIMs may be irresponsive. If this happens, contact your operator first and see if problems can be solved before looking into the phone. It may be that the operators still don’t recognize Pixel phones for eSIM uses, as this is a new feature.
- Cool features such as Unblur and Magic Eraser missing – while these features are not essential, they can come quite handy, especially for those who wish to edit photos and make them better. If you cannot find Unblur and Magic Eraser features, you can either update the Google Photo app or reinstall it. This should do the trick.
As soon as users complain online about some errors, Google seems to fix them immediately with the new system update. And while these errors are plenty, they should disappear entirely over time, if they are not fixed already.