Google to settle owners of faulty original Pixel phones with $500


I almost forgot to add ‘…$500 (or ₦180,250) or more’ in the headline, so if you fall in that category, I guess it is Pay time for you!

Google has had quite a rough experience with some of its Pixel smartphone flagships, mostly with the OG Pixel and Pixel XL owners according to what we heard from a reliable source. Some of the owners of the faulty devices had filed a lawsuit against Google, as early as 2018, accusing the company of knowingly selling devices with faulty microphones.

Now, in a bid to settle the drift between customers and the company, Google will be settling the class-action complaint by having to pay those customers up to $500 (or ₦180,250), or more according to some other sources. Some early adopters of the first Google-branded smartphones started reporting that one or more of their devices’ three mics stopped working shortly after the devices were released. The company, however, admitted to the fault in early 2017 that users were experiencing problems due to a “hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec.”

In addition to this, the lawsuit also condemns Google of rolling out devices that were already afflicted with issues, leaving it in the hands of some unlucky customers who had now decided to call them to check in a legal manner. According to the report, only these bold customers are eligible to the $500 (or ₦180,250) which will be paid out by the court, and not everyone who had purchased the device as you may have thought about.

Those who only had to grapple with the issue once can get $350 (or ₦126,175), while those who still want to be part of the lawsuit even though they haven’t experienced the problem themselves can get $20 (or ₦7,210). 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.

Furthermore, there is a form of eligibility to claiming the said amount, so if you are not able to meet up with the necessary criteria, you may also not receive any payment on the contrary. The said criteria include;

“Their phones should’ve been manufactured before January 4th, 2017 and they must join the settlement by July 9th, 2019. They must also be able to provide proof of purchase or must have been contacted directly by the Settlement Administration about the lawsuit. The settlement terms still need to be approved, but once that’s done, the law firm that represented the plaintiffs will put out instructions on how to sign up for a payout.” as seen on Engadget.

The question is who is ready to go through all of this process just to claim $500 (or ₦180,250)? well its a lot of money for some ‘elite’, perhaps you don’t call me a joker. Do share your view on this in the comment box below.


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