Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users are now facing fingerprint gesture 'inconsistencies'

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users are now facing fingerprint gesture 'inconsistencies'
On paper, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are pretty good, especially at the right price, with their surprisingly capable single rear-facing cameras, always fresh software, and buttery-smooth performance.

But out in the real world, a lot of owners of the latest “pure Google” handsets have been complaining about a large number of bugs and glitches ever since the Pixel 3 duo made its commercial debut.

While a bunch of functionality issues were fixed with the most recent monthly security patch, others are only now starting to make headlines, concerning everything from phone calls to fingerprint gestures.

Inconsistencies with the fingerprint sensor swipe gesture showing notifications are apparently nothing new, judging from a Reddit thread started around two months ago and bug reports filed on the official Google Issue Tracker in early November. 

As the weeks have gone by, complaints multiplied, and although the problem is probably not as widespread and definitely not as critical as others reported over the past couple of months, it still sounds frustrating for a large enough number of users to warrant Google’s attention.

Basically, the swipe down gesture that’s supposed to effortlessly bring up the phones’ notifications is widely described as erratic, sometimes working and sometimes not. One user says the success rate is around 60 percent, another claims the feature functions properly “around 20% of the time”, while a former Pixel 1 owner laments it “takes 10 tries to get it to work.” 

In fact, quite a few Pixel 3 and 3 XL users make comparisons with the same fingerprint sensor gesture on previous generations of the Google-made phones, claiming this inconsistency was never a problem on Pixel or Pixel 2 models. 

It’s unclear whether the issues are software or hardware-related, and while Google is definitely aware of what’s going on, there’s no word on an impending fix yet.

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Pixel 3

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

8.3
  • Display 5.5 inches 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Pixel 3 XL

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

8.0
  • Display 6.3 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3430 mAh
  • OS Android 11

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