Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro ghost calling bug fix released via Google app

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have received a fix for the ghost calling bug that surfaced earlier this month. The problem was causing Google Assistant to make random phone calls on the new Pixel phone. Google has fixed a bug in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro by releasing an update to the preloaded Google app. The new update comes just days after Google added heart-rate tracking to the Pixel 6 series via the Google Fit app.

A Pixel community manager has confirmed a fix for the ghost calling bug. It has been rolled out through the latest Google app (version 12.43.18 and later) which is available for download through Google Play. You can also get the updated Google app by sideloading the APK file available through APKMirror.

Soon after the launch of the new phone, some Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users started showing the effect of the ghost calling bug. Some users reported incidents of random calls to their contacts, even when their Pixel phones were not in use. Google Assistant was found to cause ghost calls – due to misshearing sounds that trigger the hotword ‘Hey Google’ followed by commands to call phone contacts.

Some affected users noted that the problem can be fixed manually by disabling the ‘Assistant feedback on lock screen’ feature. However, this makes Google Assistant unresponsive until the phone is unlocked.

Last week, Google began rolling out heart rate and respiratory tracking features through the Google Fit app. Both these features are already available on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a.

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are also affected by fingerprint scanner issues that are yet to be addressed by Google. In some cases, the new Pixel models appear to unlock the screen even using unregistered fingerprints. It appears that the fingerprint scanner is also causing the erratic delay in unlocking the devices.


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