Since the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL had a microphone fault, Google has agreed to pay out $7.25 million, and some buyers could get up to $500 for the trouble.
Did you own the original Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone Google released in 2016? If so, you could be in line for some cash thanks to a class-action lawsuit Google has now settled. How much cash? Up to $500.
As Android Police reports, last year a lawsuit was filed against Google regarding the microphones on original Pixel devices becoming disabled due to a fault. The problem stemmed from a hairline crack in the solder for the mics, which Google only admitted to in 2017. Worse still is the fact Google was at one point sending out replacement handsets that still carried the same fault.
If you remember this because you owned one of the affected phones, then you could be due some cash from Google. In order to qualify, you need to have been a US Pixel or Pixel XL owner with a handset manufactured before Jan. 4, 2017. You’ll also need proof of purchase for the phone unless you’ve already been contacted by the Settlement Administration. Finally, you need to join the lawsuit in order to claim, which can happen until July 9.
The amount claimants are entitled to depends on how far down the Pixel defect rabbit hole they traveled. At the low end, it’s possible to get $20 if you owned an original Pixel but didn’t experience any defects. However, if your Pixel device did suffer the microphone issue, then Google will pay you $350. If you had that handset replaced and your second Pixel device suffered the same defect, the payment increases to $500.
Your Google payout can be increased yet further if you happened to pay an insurance company deductible. If you did, the settlement will ensure you get the entire payment back in addition to any entitlement for your faulty Pixel phone.
For now, you can’t sign up to be a claimant because the settlement hasn’t been ratified by a court. However, you can register with the law firm handling the case and then receive updates so you know when the claim form goes live.