There’s yet another problem with Google’s 2017 Pixel smartphones, though this one’s a rather small thing. It seems a newly found bug is keeping Google Assistant from being used on the phones when they’re connected to Bluetooth headphones. To be clear, you can still use the Assistant through the Active Edge feature, or by long pressing the home button, but the voice wake command doesn’t work over the headphones.
While the bug may not have affected everyone, Google’s support forums have quite a few complaints from users.
While the bug may not have affected everyone, Google’s support forums have quite a few complaints from users. The bug seems to have affected headphones from various brands, though it’s unclear what the complete list is. The issue was first reported about by Android Police, though it seems to have been active since October, right around the time that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched.
The exact nature of the problem seems quite interesting. According to reports, users are able to activate the Assistant using the voice command when wearing a headset, but the microphone goes off right after that. That means you can’t actually enter any commands for the Assistant to carry out. Google has not yet clarified what the problem actually is.
Of course, the issues isn’t really alarming here. It seems more like a software issue that Google can easily fix in its next update.