The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the last Google flagships that were sold in India and if you use one of these there is some bad news for you. While owners of several Pixel 3 series are reporting early deaths of their handsets, the phones are not working at all. Phones are entering an EDL mode which prevents any reboot and the opportunity to flash new software. In short, the Pixel 3 phones are dying.
Based on A Report On behalf of Ars Technica, several Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners have reported the issue on Google’s forums and on Reddit. These phones are suddenly entering a Qualcomm recovery mode called “Emergency Download (EDL) Mode” and are unable to recover the phone from this state. The suspected problem may be related to the failed hardware of the batch of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL units. Google has not yet commented on the matter.
The Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL handset is dying
The issue has been going on for about a few months. The Pixel 3 series was launched in 2018 and puts it out of Google’s warranty coverage. Therefore, if the problem is related to hardware failure, users have no choice but to go for the new model. Unlike the Pixel 4 series, Google has not extended the warranty on this phone.
Such issues are not good for Google at a time when it is trying to move to a custom-made chipset instead of relying on traditional Qualcomm chips. The upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will use Google’s Tensor chipset which offers the same level of performance as the Snapdragon 870 chipset.
Currently, Google sells the Pixel 4 as its only smartphone offer in India and so far, there are no catastrophic issues with it. The new Pixel 5A is not coming to India and the same Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. However, Google has launched the Pixel Buds A-Series Wireless Earbuds in India at a price of Rs 10,000.
If you are one of the few Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL users in India, it is advisable to carry a new handset as a precaution.
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