Google promises a software fix for the Pixel 2’s buzzing phone call problem in ‘the coming weeks’

 Google’s hardware team can’t catch a break this year. In spite of solid reviews (us included), the company’s new Pixel 2 handsets have been plagued by glitches, including a buzzing sound heard in the ear piece during phone calls. A company rep issued a short response to a lengthy thread about the problem on Google’s Pixel User Community board, noting that the company… Read More
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Google will issue a fix for Pixel 2’s buzzing sounds heard during calls

Google is releasing a fix in the coming weeks to remove a faint buzzing sound that appears during phone calls on some Pixel 2 devices. A community manager posted a short message on the Pixel User Community forum confirming the fix, stating, “We’re rolling out a software update in the coming weeks which eliminates a faint buzzing sound on some Pixel 2 devices when the phone is placed to your ear during a phone call.”

Some users received replacement handsets, but said the problem remained. Others described the noise as a hissing sound. The fix comes shortly after the company issued a software update to fix the faint NFC-related clicking sounds some users experienced last month.

Though the Pixel 2 launched with rave reviews, the first month…

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More phones and cameras need the Pixel 2’s shake-free video recording feature


Over the past month, most smartphone fans and bloggers have been talking up the Pixel 2’s camera and calling out its problematic display, but it’s worth noting that the flagship has another notable feature: super-stable handheld video. In example videos like the one below, the feature works well enough on the flagship handset that it practically negates the need for a gimbal for your amateur shooting needs, while serving up footage that’s mostly free of camera shake, motion blur, rolling shutter distortion and focus breathing. Over the weekend, Google took to its Research Blog to explain its magic trick, which…

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Stranger Things season 2’s meme is Jim Hopper dancing to everything

In season 1 of Stranger Things, we had #Justice4Barb. This season, we’ve got… dancing Hopper. Stranger Things season 2 got its first meme this week, as a Twitter account called @hopperdancingto started posting videos of Sheriff Jim Hopper dancing to K-pop, the Stranger Things theme song, the Bag Raiders, and Michael Jackson.

The meme really took off when David Harbour, who plays Hopper, tweeted his fervent approval of the account. Now, 17,000 people are following Hopper Dancing To.

It’s too bad the scene is so dimly lit that Hopper and…

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Google built its first-ever mobile chip to power the Pixel 2’s excellent camera


While Google has a long history of partnering with hardware makers to build its range of phones for showcasing the latest developments in Android, it’s created its own mobile processor for the first time, to improve camera performance in the Pixel 2. It’s called the Pixel Visual Core, and it’s designed to tackle image processing duties (the grunt work involved in getting your phone’s camera to take pictures), as well as machine learning tasks. You can already see it in action in the Pixel 2’s HDR+ mode, which allows for increased dynamic range and detail in areas with plenty of…

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