Google Pixel owners need to be aware of a notorious and chronic bug that is making a comeback on some devices. Android police say the infamous Pixel bug has destroyed all sensors on a device, essentially breaking key handset features like the Compass, Gyroscope and Proximity sensors, among others. Last year the bug was first identified after the release of Android 10 and at the time affected the previous devices Pixel 4: 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3A and XL on Pixel 3.
And now Google’s latest phone – the Pixel 5 – has returned to this bug with some owners suffering from a frustration problem.
This bug doesn’t seem to be affecting a huge number of Pixel 5 devices, but there are reports that it has plagued most people in the Google support community.
One affected user, who owns the Pixel 5, wrote: “The sensor worked in the beginning (I’m sure since I first see the pictures being taken correctly).
“A few days later, the phone was restarted several times. When it was turned off, all the sensors stopped working: I have no more compass on Google Maps. Orientation is not changing in any app, photos are stored incorrectly.
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“Proximity doesn’t work when making a phone call (the phone next to the ear doesn’t switch the screen, you have to do it manually).
“Screen brightness no longer adjusts automatically. Now I get the system UI and most of the time errors stop working.
“I assume that any software is now affected by this error.
“I did nothing on this phone. The reboots weren’t lying on the coffee table when it happened.
“I can only think of two things: some big software issues but can’t find any traces of it anywhere else on the web so I actually assume that the sensor bar on my hardware isn’t properly connected or disconnected.”
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Another wrote: “All sensors like compass, proximity, accelerator, barometer etc. stopped working. I tried to reboot and in safe mode, nothing improved.
The latest batch of sensor issues looks very similar to the previous pixel problem which was caused by corruption of the “fixed” partition of the pixel.
Thankfully, the recently released December 2020 update solves a number of pixel-related issues related to the sensor.
After this patch rolled out, some Pixel 5 fans wrote in the Google Support Community thread that the patch solved the problems they faced.
So, if you are in this group of Pixel 5 owners affected by this pesky bug, be sure to update to the latest Google updates.
In other Pixel news, the final update of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has just been released.
The latest over-the-air update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL – RP1A.201005.004.A1 – has been launched via Google this month.
This final patch release comes at the end of support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL after its three-year update in October
The latest Pixel 2 update is a late November security patch.