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The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro have been quite rightly acclaimed by critics, but for the past few months they have been plagued with problems and bugs that appear over the course of updates. We took stock with the users around us.

Google Pixel 6

Google Pixel 6 // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

It goes without saying that the first updates ofAndroid 12 from Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, in particular that of December, have greatly degraded the experience on the high-end smartphones from Google. So much so that it becomes difficult to advise them with as little reserve as when they were released, when we awarded them 9/10 each without too much hesitation.

Not far from a beta

To sum up the magnitude of the problem, a colleague who uses the Pro version sighed this:

We don’t feel like we’re in alpha, but it still looks like the smartphone is in beta…

Granted, every user has a different experience, and some haven’t spotted any issues at all. Good for them. But the situation is such that every Pixel 6 owner we spoke to spotted at least one problem. So we decided to identify the most annoying concerns. Each time, we also tried to determine whether the january update was able to fix something.

Let’s add that this does not mean that the Pixels are bad phones, far from it. But given the turn things are taking, we’ll have to get used to these bugs for a while and consider them before going to checkout. Even if future updates should in the future fix them, at least we hope so.

Temperamental light sensor

Around us, at least two users agreed on one point: the automatic brightness works in a rather strange way.

First problem, the sensor takes an abnormally long time to adapt to the ambient light. If we immerse the phone in a closed bag, we can wait several seconds, take it out and the sensor will still not have moved.

Second concern noted by our colleagues: it sometimes suddenly changes brightness without apparent logic. For example, you’re in the dark watching a series, and suddenly the Pixel 6 will start sending a bunch of nits in your eyes.

Unfortunately, the January update doesn’t seem to have fixed this.

Bluetooth in the cabbage

The second major problem you should expect with the Pixel 6 and its Pro counterpart: Bluetooth is very hit or miss.

As a testimony is worth more than a long speech, here is in sum the current experience:

The other day, I couldn’t find the Bluetooth device (headphones) I wanted to connect to. While they were in pairing mode and detectable on my PC. I disabled and then re-enabled the Bluetooth, it didn’t change anything. Eventually I had to restart the Pixel 6 Pro for it to detect the headphones.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro (left) and Pixel 6 (right)

The Google Pixel 6 Pro (left) and Pixel 6 (right) // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

A second testimony seems to confirm that Bluetooth is a black spot of the Pixel 6:

The Bluetooth activates without me doing anything, ie without an object nearby and even while I sleep at night when I deactivate it fine.

The January update apparently didn’t fix the problem.

The release in the pocket

Third major hitch that we noted: the screen has an annoying tendency to light up for no reason in the user’s pocket. That is to say that even if there are no notifications, the screen will light up from time to time without anyone knowing why.

As a result, a colleague who has activated the smartlock, which identifies when you approach your home and removes the locking options to make your life easier when you are at home, regularly sees his phone unlocking itself when he arrives at home, and the podcast he had paused continue scrolling without him. Annoying.

Despite the recent January update, it still happens.

The little bugs

So much for the really annoying or frustrating issues. But the Pixel 6 experience is also peppered with many small inconveniences, which we list below.

Material You on the clock

Material You’s promise of unified design through color themes is peppered with frustrating little exceptions. One thinks for example of the Clock Widget which does not want to work.

More broadly, it happens that the color theme chosen for the icons changes for no apparent reason.

Display bugs

A colleague noticed a somewhat annoying bug: his volume bar no longer wanted to disappear. Here’s what it looks like on video.

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If of course, all smartphones can have bugs, this one still helps to give an impression of unfinished business.

The same goes for some display bugs that are in the realm of the weird, like the one you can see below. Here the Pixel 6 is unlocked, but every time our colleague received a notification, this is what his screen looked like.

An animation bug on the Pixel 6.

An animation bug on the Pixel 6. // Source: Frandroid

Clearly, the animation supposed to apply when he uses the fingerprint reader snapped. Only solution: lock then unlock the phone. Let’s add that this display bug was noticed after the application of the January update.

Upset Spotify playback

Still in the music section, a colleague reported this bug to us.

Spotify playbar bug on Pixel 6.

A bug in the Spotify playback bar on the Pixel 6. // Source: Frandroid

Its Spotify playback bar, which was supposed to allow it to jump between titles or pause, seemed to be spinning in a vacuum.

Slow but reasonable fingerprint sensor

The problem that has been raised the most is the Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor too slow, on which Google has officially communicated elsewhere.

This would be a slightly frustrating detail, but one that would be within reason. Let’s add that the last update didn’t completely fix this aspect.

Slow deployment

Even the update that’s supposed to fix Pixel 6 issues is a little problematic.

Already, the deployment seems to us a little slow. One user among those we interviewed, for example, has not yet received the update on Friday January 21, while some have been using it since Tuesday January 18.

The installation itself seemed problematic to us. For an update of 215 MB, it took a colleague almost 1h20 to install all the same.


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The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro have been quite rightly acclaimed by critics, but for the past few months they have been plagued with problems and bugs that appear over the course of updates. We took stock with the users around us. Google Pixel 6 // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid It goes without…

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro have been quite rightly acclaimed by critics, but for the past few months they have been plagued with problems and bugs that appear over the course of updates. We took stock with the users around us. Google Pixel 6 // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid It goes without…

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