I was struck by the Pixel camera curse




A photo as seen on the Pixel 3.

I loved my Pixel camera — until it croaked berserk on me at the most inopportune time.

I was struck by the Pixel camera swear, like so many others who’ve shared their tales of sorrow on message cards and within app examines. We all bought Pixels because of the hyped camera tech, and then detested Google because of its camera neglects — and the tech giant’s reluctance to publicly admit to a widespread issue.

The curse unfolds like this: Your camera designs punishment a few moments, but the next time you try to take a picture, the camera app crashes. You try again and get a pop-up that says “Something got it wrong/ Close and “re opening the” Camera app and try again.” Except closing and opening the app doesn’t do anything. Neither does oblige discontinuing. Neither does restarting your telephone. Neither does mill resetting your phone. You can sometimes get the front camera to work to take a selfie, but the error message heckles you on screen as you click your sad face.( You can see me pout in the area of my phone below; it was the last selfie I made on my Pixel .) Some intrepid tinkerers have taped a magnet next to the rear camera, which seems to fix the issue sometimes, but they then have to live with an ugly magnet taped to the back of their telephone. Not ideal.

The "Something went wrong" error message taunts me whenever I try to use the camera app on my Pixel 2.

The “Something went wrong” fault message taunts me whenever I try to use the camera app on my Pixel 2.

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This camera curse has afflicted Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4a owners, according to online commentaries. Initial reports of camera slams appear to have surfaced in 2019 and the complaints continue to this day, with disappointed customers taking to the camera app’s recollect section to duct. The latest worried purchaser announced a one-star review on June 23: “I can’t use my buttock facing camera. Please fix !! My phone is 6 months old-fashioned and I’m certainly feeling annoyed with my hand-picked because a big reason I got my Google pixel 4a was for the camera.” The camera app for the machine that’s been acclaimed as one of the very best camera phones of the year currently has 3 idols out of 5.

Whether the problem is due to a application or equipment problem — or a application problem that effected a equipment issue by overheating the phone like some armchair professionals thoughts — has been debated online since beings started carping about the curse. Google claims there are no known app or operating system software issues cause Pixel cameras to go on the fritz. Instead, Google tells Mashable the problem could be due to wear and tear or quits over era.

But that reasoning isn’t up to snuff for customers, some of whom had their cameras disintegrate as soon as a month after they bought a Pixel. For others like me, the malediction condescends upon you after one or two years.( And my phone doesn’t have a blemish on it .)

Those lucky to have encountered the curse less than a year into owning a Pixel have been well taken care of. The Pixel’s one-year warranty implies those favored customers just ship their hexed telephones back to Google and get a free( most probably refurbished) permutation. But if you’re outside the warranty window, you’re out of luck in the free department. You can get a transgress Pixel restored by a Google partner. I was given a $ 120 approximate for a specify, which is twice as much as the phone is worth if I tried to sell it on eBay. A Google customer service rep too recommended I could trade in my phone to buy a new one, but the trade-in would get me at most $ 21. Google says anyone experiencing this issue should contact customer support for help, but in my own experience, you won’t get far if you’re attempting a comped substitution out of warranty.

The estimate I received when I attempted to trade-in my Pixel 2 on Google's website.

The appraisal I received when I attempted to trade-in my Pixel 2 on Google’s website.

Recognition: Screenshot: Google

The camera on my Pixel 2, which I raved about taking exceptional photos of the Northern Lights in 2019, stopped labor while I was flooding the reveal of BMW’s new electric SUV recently. Although I first bought my Pixel in 2017, Google has sent me two replacements over the years after bricking occurrences. The first time my Pixel bricked was right before I got to get a flight in 2018; I lost all be made available to my boarding pass information. The second was a year later in 2019 when I was on vacation in Hawaii( no photos of turtles and sandy seas for me during that journey ). The Pixel has cruelly hammered the striking timing of its torture. When my camera stopped working in early June, I’d had the phone for almost two years.

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Sadath Ahmed, an designer in Dubai, was struck by the curse seven months after his warranty on his Pixel 2 XL objective. He bought the new phone in 2019 and one and a half years last-minute, when he was trying to take a picture of the sundown, the camera app disintegrated. He excuses in a Reddit DM that he got the same black screen I knowledge after the first clang. He tried the magnet hacker, but after a few days the joke lost its occult. Any photos “hes taking” were blurry until the camera just stopped working once again. He used his camera-less phone for four months and then bought a applied Pixel 2 for $50 as a temporary stopgap. He’s eyeing an iPhone for his next purchase, but for now, the used phone goes him through the day.




“I think they should first acknowledge that there is a widespread concern and help customers get the camera tied, ” says Ahmed about what he considers an appropriate response from Google.

Muhammad Irtaza, an engineering student in Pakistan and another cursed Pixel owner, agrees.

“Google fails to acknowledge this issue which is, in simple terms, feeble for a company as big as this.”

“There are dozens of articles and posts on Reddit, the Google support site, and countless other meetings, more Google fails to acknowledge this issue which is, in simple terms, feeble for a company as big as this, ” Irtaza writes in a Reddit message.

The camera hurtled on his used Pixel 3 five several months after he bought it, while he was snapping a pic of an indoor flora. He too tried the magnet maneuver, but its enchantment previous merely a few seconds before the camera hurtled again. He says the camera problems evaporated after he updated to the latest Android 12 Beta . He reverted back to Android 11, Google’s current mobile operating system, a few weeks later and the camera was still functioning properly.

“But it shapes the phone overheat like crazy. I can’t leave the camera on for more than five minutes, ” he computes. So he bought a brand-new Pixel 4XL, which he says has been “phenomenal.”

“This has somewhat restored my religion in the Pixel line, but I cannot and will not recommend the Pixel to any of my friends and family since I’ve read about the Pixel 4 battery publications as well. I don’t have those problems, thankfully, but I believe it’s merely a matter of blessing, ” he adds.

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I used to tell everyone who complained about their iPhone to get a Pixel. I trumpeted the Pixel line to one of my oldest friends who got a Pixel a few years ago. While she hasn’t experienced the camera issue, she has had other headaches, like screen glitches. Yet she still protrude with Google, moving on to the Pixel 4a and now the Pixel 5, mainly because of the camera’s acuity( and all the pre-installed G Suite apps .)

Before the camera crash, my phone’s battery life was shrinking. I’d have to charge it every five hours or so, which wasn’t a huge deal because of fast charging and being fasten at home not far from an outlet during the pandemic. To be fair, a totter artillery seems to be par for the course after owning any phone for one or two years. I trenched my iPhone 6S and bought the Pixel 2 because the iPhone’s battery life was ludicrous two years in, and this was before Apple set a temporary $29 fee for battery permutations on the 6S( it now costs $49 ).

After a few daylights of steaming over my cursed Pixel camera, I was tempted by Apple’s sorcery and bought a colors red iPhone 12 mini .

It makes exquisite photos.

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