Google Pixel 2 users report warming phones and shortened battery life

Joanna Estrada
February 18, 2018

Reading the posts put up on Reddit, you can nearly feel the frustration coming from Pixel 2/2 XL owners, who have had to endure several issues with their phones since they were launched past year.

Google's latest Pixel smartphones are considered among the best Android smartphones now available on the market, packing solid specs and features and offering a pure Android experience.

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We've reached out to Google about the reports and we'll update this post when we have more information. Google released February security patch for both these devices at the beginning of this month. Reading through the comments, it is clear that there is a growing number of Pixel 2 handsets that are randomly heating up and also experiencing decreased battery life. "Battery life seems unaffected", one user wrote on Reddit. Some "loyal Nexus owners" are receiving emails offering 20% off the purchase of either of Google's latest Pixel smartphones.

Some users of the new Pixel devices have also said that there is no sign of heating or poor battery life after the software update. For most users, a higher temperature appears to be the primary complaint. This could well be the case that the new security update is affecting the core of the operating system and while Google has not acknowledged the issue, it could well be addressed with the March security update. The Pixel 2 XL doesn't heat while using it throughout the day, which we tested while online streaming of videos in HD and Full HD, social media browsing and even during calls.

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