Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Facing Issues With Bundled Headphone Adapters, Some Users Claim

Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Facing Issues With Bundled Headphone Adapters, Some Users Claim

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The bundled USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter not working for some users
  • Pixel forum thread consists of numerous users with the same issue
  • Android Oreo update has reportedly not fixed the issue

Woes for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners seem endless, as multiple users have posted on the Pixel User Community forum about faulty headphone adapters that Google has bundled with both the smartphones.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both, do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack and Google has bundled a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter to help users connect their ‘legacy’ headphones. But, the move seems to have proven ineffective as numerous users are reportedly experiencing audio issues with the adapter.

A user with the username ‘Travia336’ started a thread on the Pixel forum, back in October, highlighting this issue and comments filled it soon enough with users complaining about the issue even after two months of the original post.

Some users in the thread have reportedly received functional adapter replacements from Google while some are still waiting for a fix to this unusual issue. Few of the forum users have also offered solutions, one of which involves plugging the adapter into the phone first, then attaching the headphones. Replies to this solution, however, prove that it does not seem to work for most Pixel 2 owners in the thread.

One forum user, with username Nathan K, also suggested troubleshooting the adapter hardware by putting the Pixel 2 in Safe Mode. The user claims that there are some apps that can hijack the audio routing in Android and can cause weird behaviour.

Rebooting the phone, or rather harshly, performing a factory reset seems to be a solution that the majority of the users on the thread found to be effective. Recent comments talked about the issue getting fixed with Android 8.1 Oreo, although it still remained an issue as newer users keep updating the thread with issues in their Pixel 2.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had their fair share of hardware and software issues ever since launch. From the screen burn-in issue to a clicking sound in the display and audio crashing in portrait mode, the release of the Pixel 2 duo has been filled with controversies related to quality issues. Reports of Pixel 2 XL units shipping without an Android operating system and the Pixel 2 not detecting voice input over Bluetooth are some of the software issues that Google has had to face.

The price of the USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter was also slashed to $9 (roughly Rs. 580), in October, after uproar related to its original pricing of $20 (roughly Rs. 1,280).

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Google Play Music for Android’s Latest Update Crashing for Some Users

Google Play Music for Android's Latest Update Crashing for Some Users

If you are yet to update the Google Play Music app for Android on your device to version 7.9.4920, which was released by the search giant on Monday, we would like to advise you to hold on for a moment. The latest update to the app is reportedly causing the app to crash as soon as the users try to open it.

After updating to Google Play Music version 7.9.4920, many users report that the app crashes before loading up. While we have experienced this on our own devices, Android Police has pointed out the issue is not universal but is being faced across devices and Android versions. The review section of the app on Google Play is already filled with negative feedback due to the crashing issues associated with the latest update.

If you have already installed the latest version of the app, you can uninstall the app entirely and manually install the previous version after downloading it from APK Mirror. If the app came preloaded on your device, you can disable it first and then install the new version after disabling auto-updates and downloading it from the link shared above.
Last month, Google Play Music started offering a four-month free subscription for new subscribers, allowing them to scan up to 50,000 songs from their music library. While the streaming service offered free subscription period to new users earlier as well, it was limited to just three months.

While the search giant is yet to roll out a fix for the problem, we will have to wait and see how long it takes before it does so. As this issue makes the app non-functional, it is necessarily required that the company issues a fix soon.

 
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Minilogue and Monologue gets some updates from mothership Korg

Korg’s Minilogue and Monologue synthesizers have set the world of synthesis alight. Their sound quality, usability and tempting price point make them a fun choice for anybody wanting to bash out some electronic noises. Korg is committed to keeping them at the top of their game and have released a couple of updates to do just that.

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The Minilogue, being the older of the two, has already received a few system updates. The previous version 1.21 added a latch mode for the arpeggiator and corrected some CC numbers. This version 1.23 fixes the priority of voices in the release stage. Baby steps, but even the tiniest of fixes makes someone’s life better.

Also updated is the free Minilogue and Monologue sound librarian. The librarian is a piece of PC or Mac software that allows you to reorder and manage the programs stored inside the synth. You can also use it to load custom banks of sounds. The new 1.01 version brings some added features. The Program Names can now be edited in the Program List. Preset data can be added via the menu. You can now copy multiple selections of programs from preset Data to the Program List. And that annoying problem with the Japanese localisation support on OSX 10.12 has been fixed (thank the maker).

As a bonus Korg also released new drivers for the nanoKontrol Studio, nanoKey Studio, microKey Air and Korg BLE-MIDI Driver.

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Microsoft’s Email Insights finally adds some useful search smarts to Outlook

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Email Insights, a new experimental app from the Microsoft Garage, is the answer to a problem Google’s Gmail solved more than a decade ago: how to search Outlook and find exactly what you want.

Google’s Gmail gained enormous traction in part because it allowed a quick, convenient way to search emails. Today, you can search Outlook, but it arranges the results in order with no real preference given to what might be most relevant.

Email Insights works with both your Microsoft Outlook desktop application as well as Gmail, and attempts to bring the three most relevant results to the top of your inbox via an “intent pane.” The tool also provides contextual autocomplete, spelling correction and a fuzzy name search that will pull up the name of a contact, even if you’re not entirely sure how to spell it.

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The “intent pane” within Email Insights brings up relevant search results to the top of your inbox.

Users can open tabs within Email Insights to perform multiple searches. The search box can also be used to fire off a quick, one-line email to a contact, or even set up a quick meeting—functions that are becoming more common in the notifications window within smartphones.

If you’d like, you can even “detach” the Email Insights toolbar from Outlook itself and drag it down to your taskbar, Microsoft said.

Why this matters: Let’s face it: Gmail is still easier to use than Outlook, at least where everyday email searches are concerned. If Email Insights proves as useful as it sounds, maybe Outlook will incorporate it into a future release. The problem, though, is that this app is being published via Microsoft Garage, Microsoft’s online home for app experiments. If you like Email Insights, encourage others to download it, too. Otherwise, Microsoft could kill it, as it recently did with Cache, its erstwhile Google Keep killer.

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