Words with Friends 2 is breaking the Pixel 2's song recognition feature


You have to feel for those poor Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users. It almost sounds as though the world is stacked against them. Between various issues with the screens and multiple problems reported about the speakers, even the two-year warranty that Google gave phone owners isn't going to make them feel better about the whole affair. And nearly every day, it feels as though there is a new problem to report.

The latest issue has to do with the Pixel 2's "Now Playing" music recognition feature. Like Shazam, the app that Apple spent a reported $400 million to acquire, "Now Playing" will give Pixel 2 users the name of a song that they can hear in the background, and the name of the artist. This is done offline, and currently there is a library of only 10,000 songs which is expected to grow over time.

The problem is that popular gaming app Words With Friends 2 is playing havoc with the "Now Playing" feature. Opening the app apparently will interfere with the music discovery technology. Rebooting the phone is a temporary fix that works until you open Words With Friends 2 again. Or, you can uninstall the app until Google fixes the issue with a software update. And yes, Google is apparently familiar with the bug.


While this is nowhere as serious as a damaging screen issue, or rattling sounds coming from the speaker, for those who like to play Words With Friends and use "Now Playing," it is an annoying, if minor, setback. And we all know that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners have endured enough setbacks as it is.

source: Piunikaweb, GoogleProductForum via AndroidPolice

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25 Comments

1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Poor google fanboys and android sheep......lol They think that they are above the rest of the technology ha ha haaaaa. I can't stress this enough, Pixel 2 is a failed crappy over priced product made by Google.

4. Peacetoall unregistered

wait this needs to be a bait. You can't be this stupid

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It is...and yes he can be...usually is...

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Better than iPhone's with their cheap poor quality battery. Its no wonder they needed to introduce throttling to 1 year old iPhones.https://www.apple.com/batteries/service-and-recycling/ iPhone battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles Assuming only 1 cycle per day, iPhone batteries are designed to last: 500/365=1.4 years For comparison, iPad and Apple Watch use good quality batterys designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 1000 complete charge cycles Again if only 1 cycle per day, iPhone batteries are designed to last: 1000/365=2.7 years, much more reasonable

18. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

At least this will be fixed with a update. iPhone battery will do nothing but get worse with the only fix being to throttle it more.

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Two things... 1) calling us Android users sheep makes you look desperate and pathetic (at least make an attempt to come up with something original...you're the sheep...you're the ones who will camp outside a store for days on end just for a stupid phone...you've 'earned' the sheep moniker - Webster will acknowledge this if they haven't already) - 2) to make such a claim where we Android users think we are above the rest of technology again only makes you look desperate while you try to justify your own platform of choice (having said that, we have hardware options whereas you don't).

34. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Spoken like a true NON pixel 2 xl owner. I love my pixel 2 xl. My biggest surprise was, people still play words with friends? Whatever

36. TypicalGeek

Posts: 213; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Just to get it out of the way, I own iPhone X and Pixel 2XL. Where Pixel 2 XL lacks, it excels on something else much much better than any other phone. I mean if you care about camera performance, AI, continual support, snappy performance, you can't go wrong with Pixel 2/XL. Everything except screen problem has been really trivial to experience of owning Pixel 2.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Reboot problems, bluetooth, screen ...etc This phone has a great camerea and I think it does have other good stuff but with all of that I can't say it is a good phone (it may even take the worst phone of the year because of these issues), Google should return working in new Nexus phones were most of these issues weren't there (at least working in similar manner for checking and controlling phones and OS before selling it).

5. Peacetoall unregistered

nexus phone were problematic too

8. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Really ?? I don't remember that Nexus had half of the Pixel 2 issues If they really did, then that is shameful They should fix their production issues and then sell their next Pixel 3 or whatever would be called.

9. Peacetoall unregistered

Nexus 5X , Nexus 6 and nexus 6p were problematic. Not sure about other Nexus devices

16. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Thanks for saying I hope their $1 billion dollar agreement with HTC would solve these (even if they didn't say the deal is about that)

19. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

The Nexus5 was s**tty as well. The camera took forever to snap a photo after pressing the shutter button. I had mine for less than a month and it already started accumulating dust between the digitizer and the display panel.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Most the Pixel issues are isolated/QC related, with the except of a couple like the 2 XL's pOLED issues Nexus phones had far worse widespread issues The Nexus 5X had widespread bootloops, like LG's flagships from that time The Nexus 6P had widespread shut down issues, like Apple's current/recent iPhones But Nexus phones were cheap so no one cared about their issues Now that Google's going toe to toe with Apple and Samsung flagships people expect more (rightfully so given higher price) and they've pissed of many Nexus users So writers keep an eye on GoogleProductForum for any issues to report to get more clicks (not blaming them, its good, leads to faster fixes)

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Thanks for clarification

20. Peacetoall unregistered

literally this nexus were sensible people choice who wanted more bang for their money.

26. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Pixel phones is still no way near as good as Samsung and Sony's.

37. TypicalGeek

Posts: 213; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

The last good Nexus phone was the original Nexus 5. Nexus lineup had a freefall after that.

12. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Tiny bug which effects a few phones. No different to Apples "i" bug or thier calculator bug, but as usual Apple fans need to get thier panties in a bunch about it.

17. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Its getting hilarious When a music discovering features stops working do to a conflict with an app , and that's a big news ، and then Isheep will come and say news site only focus on bad news for apple , while this silly thing called news . There are plenty of apps that's cause some problems for the device , that does not mean the device is bad , it's just a conflict which HAPPENS , updated version of the app will sort everything out

25. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

It's Christmas Eve today.............

32. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Just wondering why google can’t make a good overall phones with less issues?!

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