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Pixel 6 reportedly has weaker haptic vibrations after latest update

Hopefully a patch is on the way to fix this problem.

Published onMarch 24, 2022

Google Pixel 6 Pro lockscreen
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  • Some Pixel 6 owners are reporting much weaker haptic vibrations after downloading the March 2022 update.
  • The issue is so bad, some users are missing out on phone notifications.
  • There’s no word on when Google might fix this problem.

If you own a Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro phone you might want to wait off on the March 2022 update. For those that have already installed it, you may have noticed dramatic reduction in the number of vibrations when a new notification comes through ⁠— you are not alone.

As reported by Droid Life, some Pixel 6 owners are posting on Google’s support forums and on Reddit claiming significant issues with haptic vibrations on their devices after the update.  Some people have even stated they have missed out on some phone notifications because of this issue. One support message stated, “The vibration settings are maxed out, and the notifications feel terrible now. The vibration is barely present at all.”

Oddly enough, some users feel that the weaker vibrations are actually a good thing. One commenter stated, “I definitely prefer these vibrations. As others have said they feel smoother/more refined, and less abrasive/crass.”

So was this a deliberate attempt by Google’s Pixel team to make the vibrations weaker but smoother? So far, there’s no word on if this was indeed the intent. Hopefully, we will get some clarification from the company on this, and if another patch is needed.

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