Google will pay owners of faulty original Pixel phones up to $500

Pixel, using a zero-day vulnerability, the hackers remotely installed the code on Google's sought-after device in just within a minute.

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.

According to The Verge, Google has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the owners of the original Google Pixel stating that the company knowingly sold handsets with defective microphones.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were Google's first phones to sport wireless charging, a feature sorely missed on their predecessors, but now we are back to square one with the midrange Pixel 3a and 3a XL that are unapologetically plastic and need plugging in to charge.

The lawsuit is categorised into four levels where the highest payout is worth $500 to be paid to those who have returned a Pixel with a defective microphone only to receive another defective device. 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. Anyone who used their insurance to get a replacement Pixel could be reimbursed for the value. Google had acknowledged the issue in March 2017, and soon, the lawsuit was filed against it.

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.

A final decision will be made by the courts on 5 June, and if the deal is approved Google will start splashing the cash.

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