Pixel phone owners: Google may owe you $500

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Google settles OG Pixel microphone lawsuit, claimants to receive up to $500

The proposed settlement has grouped owners of the 2016 Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones into four categories to determine the level of compensation to which they are entitled.

"The highest payout is due to be owed to anyone who returned a Pixel with a defective microphone, only to receive another defective device from the manufacturer".

"Instead of fixing the defective Pixel phones, providing refunds, or replacing the devices with non-defective phones, Google has replaced defective phones with other defective phones, resulting in many consumers repeatedly experiencing the microphone defect", the complaint said. These claimants could be paid up to $500 in the settlement.

According to Google, less than one percent of the Pixel phones experienced issues due to a "hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec".

In February 2018, Pixel owners launched a lawsuit against Google for continuing to sell the phones despite knowing about their faults, and after it promised to take "additional steps to reinforce the connection". Those who only had to grapple with the issue once can get $350, while those who still want to be part of the lawsuit even though they haven't experienced the problem themselves can get $20. Prior to that, Google released phones through its Nexus program, in which it provided the software and worked with a handset maker like LG or Huawei to create the hardware.

The court still needs to approve the settlement, but a hearing scheduled for June 5 to decide whether or not to grant preliminary approval.

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