Google settles Pixel class-action lawsuit, owners will receive up to $500

Ceria Alfonso
May 15, 2019

Google set aside $7.25 million for the settlement fund - if that's not enough, the money will be distributed on a pro-rata basis.

The search giant unveiled the original Pixel in October 2016, its first branded flagship phone.

The affected phones were manufactured prior to January 4, 2017, with the owners suing Google in February 2018 after claiming they were intentionally sold faulty phones.

"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".

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Google and Huawei have previously settled a class action lawsuit over bootloop issues on Google's Nexus 6P, while LG has settled a lawsuit over bootloop issues on several Android phones, including Google's Nexus 5X. Anyone who owned a single device could get up to $350, and owners who experienced no problems could still get up to $20. Google eventually admitted this was due to a "hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec", which was present in fewer than 1 percent of units sold at the time.

Less than a year later, the company was slammed with a lawsuit by angry owners against Google's decision of continuously selling the phones despite knowing about the issues, the report added. Anyone who used their insurance to get a replacement Pixel could be reimbursed for the value.

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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