Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL users report issues with fingerprint sensor gestures

“A few Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones reportedly troubling users with ‘inconsistent’ fingerprint sensor swipe gesture to see notifications”

The list of frustrations with Google’s latest flagship offerings – the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – has gotten just a bit longer. Some users of Pixel 3 series handsets are now reporting fingerprint sensor to the sea of issues they have been facing since launch. The handsets – barely three months into existence – are giving a hard time to some users trying to access notifications by swiping up and down the biometric sensor. The affected users have reported that the fingerprint sensor swipe gesture is “inconsistent” and “takes several tries to actually work.”

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What makes it worse is that the fingerprint sensor problem on Pixel 3 duos is not new. As per a Reddit thread, it started two months ago and bug reports filed on Google’s official Issue Tracker dates as early as in November. The users since then have been confused if it’s a software or a hardware issue. To gain some perspective, many users tried to compare the gesture thing with older Pixel smartphones only to find that the latter work consistently and “get it right like 98 percent of the time.” 


Although the issue doesn’t seem very critical, it frustrates users who have invested their hard earned money on the premium “pure Google” handsets. Furthermore, the fingerprint sensor swipe gestures, at times, is a handy feature to effortlessly bring up notifications when your other hand is busy. However, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL proving it to be a disastrous feature as its success rate is around 60 percent, and as per one user, it functions properly “around 20 percent of the time.”

While Google is aware of the issue and most other Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users are facing, there’s no word on an impending fix yet. We’ll update you as soon as it’s there, keep watching the space.

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