However, some users are reporting new issues and problems with their Pixel 7 devices. In this article, we will look at some of the recent Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro updates, bugs, glitches and issues and provide possible fixes for them. But before that, let’s look at what’s new in 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 that you would expect from a high-end smartphone.
The first thing you’ll notice about the new Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is their sleek, sleek design. Both phones have 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 camera bar on the back now matches the color of the chassis. The Pixel 7 is available in three colors: Citronella, Snow, and Obsidian. The Pixel 7 Pro, meanwhile, also comes in three colors: Hazel, Obsidian, and Snow.
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro feature gorgeous OLED displays. The Pixel 7 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ resolution OLED display that refreshes at 90Hz. The display can peak at 1400 nits when playing HDR content. On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ 120Hz OLED display with LTPO technology and a peak brightness of 1500 nits. 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 Google Tensor G2 processor, which corresponds to the performance of the Exynos 2100 on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Additionally, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro come with 8GB and 12GB 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 smaller battery 5,000mAh 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.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have a new and improved camera system. The main rear camera is now a 50MP sensor with OIS. There’s also a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the back. The Pixel 7 Pro’s camera system 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 camera has also been upgraded to an 11MP sensor on both phones. It has a few extra features, like “Unblur” and a crisp 30X digital zoom.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro both come 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 lineup has not received any updates since October 14, 2022. The lineup will receive three years of major operating system updates and five years of security updates. This means the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will get Android 14Android 15 and Android 16. We’ll keep track of all new updates for the Pixel 7 lineup here.
List of All Pixel 7 Problems (Reported by User)
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are excellent smartphones. However, these devices are not perfect. Like any other smartphone, the Pixel 7 lineup is prone to occasional glitches 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 failed
Several users have reported the update failed issue with their Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Users receive a warning that their frameworks need an update. However, Android WebView and Google Play system fails to update. Users are unable to install the update and it is stuck at July 2022 Update. The issue has not yet been acknowledged by Google. However, we can expect an update to fix the same very soon. In the meantime, you can try the following workaround.
Workaround: Disable automatic update on Google Play Store and try to update frameworks manually.
October 25 Update: The Pixel 7 series has received a new Google Play system update.
Disabled support for 32-bit applications
Sideloading of apps is also an issue on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, especially 32 bit apps. Although Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have 32-bit system libraries, sideloading of 32-bit apps is disabled. This is more of a software issue that you can fix with an OTA update. Google has not acknowledged this issue either. Unfortunately, we don’t have a workaround for this issue. If you know of any workarounds, let us know in the comment section.
October 28 Update: Google confirmed Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the first Android phones to exclusively support 64-bit apps.
Banking apps can’t use Face Unlock
another software throttling problem is the lack of Face Unlock support 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 your phone. Unfortunately, there is no solution to this problem either. We hope that Google recognizes this issue and soon enables Face Unlock for biometric authentication on banking apps.
Camera apps keep crashing/hanging
Several Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users reported the camera app crashing issue on their devices. The camera app keeps crashing or sometimes stops working. This is a significant issue because the camera app is one of the most critical apps on a smartphone. Fortunately, Google is working to fix the issue with an OTA update. In the meantime, there is a workaround for this problem.
Workaround: Go to Google Play Store and click on your profile >> Manage Apps & Device. Find the Camera app and click “Update”. The size of the update is 218MB. Once you install the update, the app crashing issue should hopefully go away.
Excessive battery drain
A list of bugs and issues is still incomplete without a battery drain issue. Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users have reported excessive battery drain while using the smartphone even casually. Screen time is as low as 5 hours. While Google works to fix the problem, you can try the following workarounds. You can also use the same workarounds if your device is overheating.
- Turn off the auto-brightness feature to conserve 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 screen auto-off time to less than 30 seconds.
- Keep an eye out for official software updates.
- Don’t overload your phone.
Several users have also reported the following issues:
- Wi-Fi not connecting properly
- Bluetooth connectivity issues
- App freezing and crashing issues
- GPS not working
- Slow loading
- Cellular network connectivity issues
- Unresponsive touchscreen issue
- Auto restart problem
- Lock screen notifications not showing when Face Unlock is on
- The screen stays on after the handset is locked
- Poor quality speaker
- Displays No Network/No Service/No SIM Warning
- Overheats even in normal use
- Call drop issue
- A “Connected, not charging” message appears when a third-party charger is used
- Inconsistent “double tap back”
- Front camera blurry photos
- The quick tap gesture for a flashlight does not work
- Unable to send or receive text messages
Hopefully Google will recognize all these issues and fix them soon via an OTA update.
Google’s new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are its latest feature-packed flagship smartphones. If you’re having trouble with your Pixel 7, check our list of topics to see if a fix is available. We have provided workarounds for almost all issues unless they were not available. We will continue to update the post as new issues are discovered and fixes become available. If you have any other issues on your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, let us know in the comments section.