My phone shut down last night because it wanted to. I only mention that because the Pixel 7 Pro had been power cycled today. Since my last listing of things I’ve found wrong with the new phone, I’ve added a couple. The first set involves Bluetooth, the second potentially related to the Tensor’s voice to text / offline, but probably not.
Bluetooth fails on the Pixel 7 Pro
I paired a new device from Tronsmart that’s coming out next month and I’m not entirely sure if I’m under embargo on it or not let’s just say it’s a speaker with a name. It didn’t sound right and I spent about 20 minutes playing my various test music on it before wondering if perhaps I should play test music on a speaker I’ve already reviewed. Glad I did. Every speaker I played on sounded bad.
Went and grabbed my Galaxy S21 5G Ultra, paired, entirely different experience. I tested the S21 on a couple of other speakers and they all sounded fine. Checked all settings and verified I was listening using what I’m used to. Checked developer options on the Pixel 7 Pro to make sure I didn’t go on a bender and accidentally change something there (I didn’t.)
The sound was just pretty bad. I popped in some earbuds and the APTX codec sounded fine. Connected to a couple more SBC speakers and still was getting crackly. Finally went to pair a different device and was informed there were no nearby Bluetooth audio devices. That there is some fakeness. Pulled up the S21 and verified that I could see about 11 Bluetooth devices including my discoverable Pixel 7 Pro.
I turned Bluetooth off and on a couple of times, never could see any devices. Finally rebooted the phone and suddenly the audio was fine.
Since 6:38am when I turned the Pixel 7 Pro on, until about 4pm when I rebooted it, I sent a couple of text messages and took a lot of pictures of a dragon plant with ornaments on it. Think I used Google Maps and driving mode and listened to a podcast. Not anything particularly interesting or system stressing.
Glad we’ve got on-device voice to text
Last night, running to pick the kiddos up it was a complicated improvised situation and I needed to be able to text Kim while I was driving. Hands free driving, and all I needed to send was that I was going to be there in about five minutes. I’ve downloaded everything required for the Tensor 2 / Pixel 7 Pro and sending a text message in driving mode it listened, translated everything I spoke correctly more or less, and then nothing…
It said “just a moment” or something once or twice, I’m guessing attempting to contact a Google service before reading back what I had said… it failed evidently and the driving mode just stayed stuck with my text down at the bottom.