Google can’t seem to catch a break, as Pixel 3 XL buzzing reports spread like wildfire : Another day, another Pixel 3 (XL) glitch. And to think we were almost ready to forgive Google for not finding a more elegant solution to the bezel problem than the world’s largest notch. After all, the newest stock Android phones earned great praise from our resident reviewer, despite featuring the same old single rear-facing camera, 4GB RAM, and no headphone jack.
Speaking of speakers and sound coming out of them, a distressing number of early Pixel 3 XL adopters is complaining of bizarre distortions. The problem is naturally described in varying degrees of seriousness by different users, but at their core, all grievances are oddly similar.
While some people claim this is a problem they need to deal with every day, whatever the content played by the Pixel 3 XL’s unbalanced speakers, others say the buzzing comes and goes, or even that it seems to have disappeared since first cropping up.
For now, it’s unclear if Buzzgate (sorry, we had to say it) has a hardware or software-related cause. We’ll probably find that out before long, depending on whether Google starts recommending replacements for faulty phones or waiting for a software update.