“Google Pixel, the pure Android experience that brings you the latest software in a nice package and shuts down at 25% battery. Wait, that wasn’t in the script”. That is probably how a Google Pixel marketing first draft looked like, as the latest pure Android device from Google doesn’t shy away from following in its predecessor’s footsteps. On a more serious note, it must be noted that the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones released this year were recently registered as having a similar battery problem as the Nexus 6P handset.
Several Pixel users have reported weird occurrences as of late, where their handsets will just turn off even though there’s another good 25% battery left in the tank. Allegedly, the smartphones act as if they reached 0% and shut down despite their owner’s most compelling commands. While a software issue isn’t completely ruled out, everyone is inclining towards a hardware malfunction that is causing this inconvenience.
While similar, the Nexus 6P incident and this one aren’t completely the same. For starters, the Pixel and Pixel XL cases are far more restricted than the Nexus 6P which was pretty frequent. The second thing to take into consideration is the remaining battery life levels at which devices turn off. The newer handsets tend to shut down when they reach 25% whereas Nexus 6P units would do so after reaching anywhere between 30% and 50%. Additionally, the Nexus 6P situation was in fact caused by updating the phone to Android 7.0 Nougat.
The most upsetting factor for users isn’t the battery issue itself but Google’s reluctance to come out with a reason for which this is happening. Obviously the entire community, especially those directly affected, is waiting for a solution from Google. Getting rid of this inconvenience would be a decent make-over Christmas present from Google to its Pixel users although it is highly unlikely that we will see such a thing before we reach January.