Google to Pay Owners of Faulty Pixel Phones Up to $500

The original Google Pixel

A class action lawsuit was filed against Google for launching faulty Pixel devices.

According to The Verge, Google has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the owners of the original Google Pixel stating that the company knowingly sold handsets with defective microphones.

In February 2018, Pixel owners launched a lawsuit against Google for continuing to sell the phones despite knowing about their faults, and after it promised to take "additional steps to reinforce the connection".

The highest level, which will see claimants receive up to $500, is for those who returned a defective Pixel phone only to receive a handset with the same issues. Even Pixel owners who have never faced any issue with their phones could get up to $20 from this settlement.

In addition, the lawsuit claimed that some of the replacement phones Google sent out were also afflicted with the issue. The Nexus 6P - the Huawei-made final entry to the old canon - was also the subject of a class-action suit after a bug caused them to start endlessly boot-looping (that is to say trying over and over again to start before crashing on the splash screen).

Google has settled the lawsuit for an amount of $7.25 million and agreed to pay up to $500 to owners of Pixel 1 and Pixel 1 XL manufactured before January 4, 2017. Any owners who had just a single defective device could get up to $350, while anyone who had to pay an insurance deductible could have its value repaid.

The court's final hearing on the settlement approval in the Pixel case is due to take place on June 5.



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