Pixel 2 XL Screen Flashes When Locking or Unlocking, Some Users Report

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Both the Google Assistant and Bluetooth headphones function properly independently of each other, so it's unlikely that it can't be fixed with an over-the-air update. However, the fix is not a permanent one and users might have to replace their devices.

The thing to note here is that the "screen flashing" is not an isolated issue and a number of users joined to comment about the problem on Pixel User Community on Google Product forums. A user also compared this to blowing into an old NES cartridge to get it to work again. A lot of users have tried disabling adaptive brightness on the Pixel 2 XL, but the issue seems to persists. After a series of OLED-related issues such as boring colours and screen burn-in, users are now reportedly facing a couple of new problems. According to one user, blowing air in the speaker brings back the microphone.

"In my case the issue occurs always and not only when the screen is locked and I squeeze to launch the Assistant".

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It's pretty rare these days to see the Pixel 2, and the Pixel 2 XL especially, in the news for anything other than the newest hardware issue cropping up. Google is yet to acknowledge the issue but we can expect some sort of software patch to fix the issue. I was able to replicate the issue by blowing into the bottom speaker. Yes. One user reported in Google's Pixel forum, "I'm not sure why, but the Pixel 2 XL screen flashes when unlocking (fingerprint and lock button), when the screen wakes up because of notifications, when the screen dims and the phone locks, and when manually locking". The user also posted a video saying that it doesn't happen every time, but first noticed the issue immediately after purchasing the device. I've yet to have the phone a full 24 hours.

There seems to be no end to the long list of issues related to the new Pixel 2 devices.

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