A Bug In Google Pixel And Pixel XL Disables Bluetooth

Numerous owners of the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL recently took online to voice their concerns about a newly uncovered bug that disables the Bluetooth functionality of both devices. The bug was first uncovered following Google's February 2017 Security Update that was recently pushed out to the Pixel and the Pixel XL. As things stand right now, affected users are reporting that their phones are switching off Bluetooth without any input. So, while the current state of affairs suggests that the bug was caused by the latest security patch for Google's 2016 flagship duo, there's still no information on what's causing it to happen and why some users aren't affected despite the fact they've installed the same Android Security Update as the affected ones.

The Mountain View-based tech giant has yet to formally acknowledge the issue, but given the number of recent complaints about it posted on Reddit and Google Product Forums, it seems that the problem amounts to more than just a few isolated incidents. One online report suggests that the issue may be connected to a reboot. Namely, a user called John took to Google's forums to explain how his Google Pixel wouldn't be able to connect to his car every morning despite the fact that he never turned off the device's Bluetooth adapter. After some testing, the user concluded how the Pixel automatically turns off Bluetooth after every reboot and his issue was caused by the fact that he was turning off his phone every night.

While the aforementioned issue isn't a huge one, it definitely sounds like a software bug seeing how both the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL previously wouldn't disable Bluetooth upon reboot. This latest turn of events comes not long after the Mountain View-based Internet giant admitted that some Google Pixel and Pixel XL units are experiencing hardware-related audio issues. Likewise, the company recently acknowledged a problem that causes some devices to power off once their battery life drops to 30 percent. Luckily, the latter is apparently a software issue and is expected to be fixed shortly. More information on the Bluetooth bug described above will likely follow soon given the sheer amount of online complaints about it.

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