Google’s Pixel 2 XL, which has been plagued by screen problems, has another stumbling block to contend with: poor audio recording quality. As first spotted by Pixel users on Google forums, the Pixel 2 XL is recording audio that’s high-pitched and distorted.
A few other users said their device also suffered from the same difficulties, with one adding that 4K videos shot on the device also display “crazy hazing” when the camera is moving. “Anything in the background sounds like I’m underwater with screeching,” wrote another user of the audio problems.
On November 1, Orrin, a Community Manager for the forums, commented to let people know that Google had identified the bug and would roll out a fix “in a future OTA update.” Almost a month later, and it appears that Google has finally included the patch in the second and final Android 8.1 Developer Preview.
According to several people running the second Developer Preview of Android 8.1, it appears that Google has rolled out a patch that addresses a weird microphone bug that created audio distortion when capturing video.
Google has confirmed that the problem has been resolved in the second 8.1 Oreo developer preview. Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 delivering a slew of optimizations and bug fixes; among them was a fix for one of the Pixel 2 XL’s longest-standing problems.
As pointed out by users on Reddit, the audio static issue that plagued Pixel 2 XL video recordings now seems to have been addressed. The person who started the Reddit thread provided ‘before and after’ samples to show the difference, before other users have chimed in to confirm that the problem has been resolved for them too.
Watching and listening to these, there is a clear difference in audio quality. This doesn’t seem to be a fluke, either, as dozens of other users have commented about the fix working on their Pixel 2 and 2 XL handsets.