Simple fix eliminates Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro 5G random ghost dialing issue
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We've been telling you about all of the issues that Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users have found since the phones were released late last month. So it would only be fair to tell you whenever one of these bugs has been exterminated by Google. And we can now report that the problem that caused the new handsets to make phone calls to random contacts and 9-1-1 without any input from the phone's user has been fixed.
Google provides a fix for the Pixel 6 series random ghost calling bug
A Pixel community manager responding to a post on Reddit (via AndroidPolice) wrote, "Thank you for your patience and bug reports. We have rolled out a fix, please update to the latest version of Google App (12.43.18 or higher) in the Play Store."
Update the Google app on your Pixel 6 series phone to exterminate the ghost dialing bug
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users victimized by the bug saw their new device make ghost calls to 9-1-1 as many as three times in a row (which dangerously clogs up the 9-1-1 emergency phone system). Another user watched as his phone dialed someone in his contacts list that he hasn't spoken to in years. While some users stopped the action with a factory reset, the fix lasted just a day before the random ghost calls started up all over again.
Buy the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from Verizon
So if you want to stop apologizing to people on your contacts list for calling them by accident, or if you are tired of telling the Sergeant that you didn't mean to call 9-1-1 several times in a row, you might want to head over to the Play Store and download the latest version of the Google app.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 users are still awaiting updates to fix the lagging in-display fingerprint scanner, an issue that unlocks the phone when the wrong fingerprint is presented, and yet another problem that doesn't allow the fingerprint scanner to turn back on after the battery powering a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro dies. In the latter situation, the only way to turn on the biometric reader is to perform a factory reset.
The Pixels are nothing like the BlackBerry Storm, the most half-baked phone ever launched
If you were creating a list of the phones that were shipped half-baked, the BlackBerry Storm would be on the top of the list. Unfortunately, yours truly pre-ordered the phone and when it launched in November 2008, it was a mess. This was the manufacturer's first touchscreen phone and since BlackBerry was (and still is) known for using a physical QWERTY keyboard on its handsets, the company had a gimmick that was supposed to make it feel like a real keyboard button was pressed whenever the user tapped a key on the glass.
However, when the phone was released, BlackBerry didn't make sure that all parts of the QWERTY made contact with the circuitry. And while nearly every unit shipped by Verizon was returned to be repaired, it wasn't until the Storm 2 that BlackBerry corrected the mistake.
By then, it was too late as the Motorola DROID was released and Androidmania began. BlackBerry also made silly mistakes like deciding to leave out Wi-Fi connectivity on the OG Storm.
The bugs that Pixel handsets have suffered from throughout the years were more annoying than permanently crippling for the most part. That is why we should point out that you shouldn't be holding back from purchasing a Pixel 6 or a Pixel 6 Pro because of the bugs that we have been informing you about. The fingerprint scanner can be fixed with a software update and there is even speculation that Google will add Face Unlock to the new phones with the first Pixel feature drop for the latest Pixel handsets.