Issues, bugs and software update tracking
Google has finally taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. These devices are packed with features, including a new triple-lens camera system, a faster processor, and more.
However, some users are reporting new issues and problems with their Pixel 7 devices. In this article, we will look at some of the latest Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro updates, bugs, issues, and problems and provide possible fixes for them. But before that, let’s take a look at what’s new with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
What’s new in Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro?
The all-new Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are finally here and better than ever! These new phones are packed with all the latest and greatest features you’d expect from a top-of-the-range smartphone.
The first thing you’ll notice about the new Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is their sleek and stylish design. Both phones have an aluminum unibody construction and Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the front and back. Both smartphones are also IP68 rated. One notable change is that the rear camera bar now matches the color of the chassis. The Pixel 7 is available in three colors: Lemongrass, Snow and Obsidian. The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, is also available in three colors: Hazel, Obsidian and Snow.
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro come with beautiful OLED displays. The Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch OLED screen with full HD+ resolution that refreshes at 90Hz. The display can reach a peak brightness of 1400 nits when playing HDR content. On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ OLED 120Hz display with LTPO technology and 1500 nits peak brightness. The screen is slightly curved around the edges, but less curved than the Pixel 6 Pro.
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro also have faster processors than last year’s models. They are powered by the Google Tensor G2 processor, which matches the performance of the Exynos 2100 on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. In addition, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro come with 8 GB and 12 GB of RAM respectively.
The vanilla Pixel 7 has a smaller battery size of 4344mAh with support for up to 21W wired charging using the Google 30W adapter. The Pixel 7 Pro has a larger 5000mAh battery with support for 23W wired charging using the Google 30W adapter. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro support wireless charging at 20W and 23W, respectively, using the Google Pixel Stand. A Qi wireless charger can only go up to 12W.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have a new and improved camera system. The primary rear camera is now a 50 MP sensor with OIS. There’s also a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the back. The camera system on the Pixel 7 Pro is even more impressive, with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 50MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 48MP 5X telephoto camera. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to an 11MP sensor on both phones. It has some extra features, like “Blur” and 30X sharp digital zoom.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are both available in two different storage options – 128GB and 256GB with an additional 512GB option for the Pixel 7 Pro. And of course they both come with Android 13 pre-installed. The Pixel 7 starts at $599, while the Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899.
Pixel 7 software updates
The Pixel 7 series has not received any updates since October 14, 2022. The series will receive three years of major OS updates and five years of security updates. This means that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will get Android 14, Android 15 and Android 16. We will keep an eye on any new updates for the Pixel 7 series here.
List of all Pixel 7 problems (user reported)
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are great smartphones. However, these devices are not perfect. Like any other smartphone, the Pixel 7 series is prone to occasional issues and bugs. This section will track all Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro issues reported so far. We will also try to provide solutions or workarounds for the same.
Android WebView and Google Play system updates fail
Several users have reported the update failure issue with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Users get a warning saying their framework needs an update. However, Android WebView and the Google Play system are not updated. Users are unable to install the update and it is stuck on the July 2022 update. The issue is not acknowledged by Google yet. However, we can expect an update to fix the same very soon. In the meantime, try the following solution.
Solution: Disable automatic update in Google Play Store and try to update the frames manually.
Update 25 October: The Pixel 7 series has received a new Google Play system update.
Disabled support for 32-bit apps
Sideloading apps is also a problem on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, in particular The 32-bit apps. Although the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have 32-bit system libraries, sideloading of 32-bit apps is disabled. This is more of a software driven issue that you can fix with an OTA update. Google has not acknowledged this issue either. Unfortunately, we do not have a solution to this problem. If you know of any solutions, let us know in the comments section.
Update 28 October: Google confirms that both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the first Android phones to support only 64-bit apps.
Banking apps cannot use face unlock
Another software constraint problem is the lack of support for Face Unlock with banking apps. Users cannot use face unlock for biometric authentication when using banking apps. The face unlock feature can only be used to unlock the phone. Unfortunately, there is no solution for this problem either. We hope that Google will acknowledge this issue and enable face unlock for biometric authentication on banking apps soon.
Camera apps crash/stop
Several Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users have reported that the camera app crashes on their devices. The camera app keeps crashing or sometimes stops working. This is a significant problem since the camera app is one of the most critical apps on a smartphone. Fortunately, Google is working to fix the problem with an OTA update. In the meantime, there is a solution for this problem.
Solution: Go to Google Play Store and click on your profile >> Manage apps and devices. Find the Camera app and click “update”. The update size is 218MB. Once you install the update, the app crash issue should hopefully go away.
Too much battery drain
A list of errors and problems is always incomplete without battery drain problems. Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users have reported excessive battery drain when using the smartphone, even casually. Screen time is as low as 5 hours. While Google works to fix the problem, try the following solutions. You can also use the same solutions if your device is overheating.
- Turn off the auto-brightness feature to save battery.
- Go to Settings >> Apps >> turn off notifications for unused apps.
- Turn off Wi-Fi, personal hotspot, GPS and Bluetooth when not in use.
- Reduce the automatic screen off time to less than 30 seconds.
- Keep an eye out for official software updates.
- Do not overcharge the phone.
Several users have also reported the following issues:
- Wi-Fi does not connect correctly
- Problems with Bluetooth connection
- Problems with app freezes and crashes
- GPS does not work
- Slow charging
- Problems with connecting to mobile networks
- Unresponsive touch issue
- Problem with automatic restart
- Lock screen notifications do not appear when face lock is on
- The screen remains on after locking the handset
- Poor quality speaker
- Showing No Network/ No Service/ No SIM warnings
- Overheating even during normal use
- Problem with dropping calls
- The message “Connected, not charging” appears when a third-party charger is used
- Inconsistent “Double Tap Back”
- Blurred images from the front camera
- Quick Tap gesture for a flashlight that doesn’t work
- Can’t send or receive SMS
Hopefully, Google will acknowledge all these issues and fix them soon via an OTA update.
Google’s new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the latest flagship smartphones, packed with features. If you’re having issues with your Pixel 7, check the list of topics to see if there’s a solution available. We have provided the solutions for almost all the problems unless they were unavailable. We will continue to update the post as more issues are discovered and fixes become available. If you face any other issues on your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, let us know in the comments section.