Google exterminates a bug that caused tapping noises on some Pixel 4 videos

Google exterminates a bug that caused tapping noises on some Pixel 4 videos
Just days after the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched last month, users complained that videos shot on the cameras found on third-party apps like Snapchat and Instagram were making clicking, tapping, popping noises. Some compared it to the sound of a metronome, and one person said that the tapping could be heard every half-second to a second. This brought back memories of the 2017 Pixel 2 launch when users heard clicking noises during phone calls. Eventually, Google pushed out a software update that exterminated the bug. Last week, Google, in cooperation with Instagram, said that it will release an update to fix the issue as it relates to that particular app.

Yesterday, Android Police reported that another update, this one for Google's own Playground mode, has been disseminated to Pixel 4 users to fix the same issues. Once called AR Stickers, the Playground mode is found in the Google Camera app and hosts the AR Playmoji that can add 3D characters to photos and videos. What is interesting here is that it appears as though Google will have to issue separate updates to get rid of the tapping on these third-party apps that have their own camera system. So while the update has been received for Playground and one for Instagram is in the works, another will need to be developed and rolled out for Snapchat.


It wouldn't be a Pixel release without these little issues and the subsequent software updates that fix the problems.

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Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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5 Comments

1. GodKnowsAll

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Damn these phones are always buggy.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1660; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Just in the beginning. They get ironed out in a month or two.

3. applesnapple93

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Pixel 3 XL still isnt ironed out. I got my hands on one for a good deal and sold it after about a week. Between the 3-5 second delay of the microphone not working on speaker phone. Apps just hanging on the load screen. Battery drain. Google just feels like they're losing it. To this day my Pixel 2 XL feels like a snappier more polished experience than the Pixel 3

5. LordDavon

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I just picked up a Pixel 3 XL and am not experiencing much for issues. I did get a little slow down after playing with Stadia for a few hours, but I suspect that was the Stadia app and a reboot cleared it up.

4. tbreezy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Yep, incredibly so, they are the test bed for new Android releases that most Android users will only get next year when Android 11 arrives. Glad Google are trying to sort it out though.

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