This is not in fact a new problem. Even though Google said it is working on a permanent fix for the problem, a simple technique of blowing into the bottom speaker is resolving the issue.
The complaints are the latest in a long string of faults identified by users of Google's flagship £900 smartphone.
Some users of the Pixel 2 devices have complained that the phone's microphone does not work when making calls. One of the users wrote on the forum, "I'm not sure why, but the Pixel 2 XL screen flashes when unlocking (fingerprint and lock button), when the screen wakes up because of notifications, when the screen dims and the phone locks, and when manually locking".
"In my case the issue occurs always and not only when the screen is locked and I squeeze to launch the Assistant". I have had the same exact symptoms as everyone here so it may be for us all.
"Yes. Blowing into the speaker like you would an old NES cartridge". Then I tested what you said and blew into the speaker on the front, then it immediately STOPPED working. Doing this made my microphone work again and it continues to work when it goes out.
It's pretty rare these days to see the Pixel 2, and the Pixel 2 XL especially, in the news for anything other than the newest hardware issue cropping up. Another one posted a video which confirmed that the process actually works. According to Google, it will provide you a 24 hours of listening time on a single charge.
Bluetooth issues plagued the last Pixel devices - and its a system that causes trouble on many other electronics products too - but it doesn't seem like something that's going to be too hard to address.
Pixel 2 prices start at $17.60 and $20.31 with 35 and 25 percent discounts respectively, while the Pixel 2 XL still fetches at least $23.01 and $26.91.