A new issue has affected Pixel phones, including the latest Pixel 6 series, in which the Google devices dial any number in the contact list at random. Several phone users have turned to social media to express their disappointment with the issue. According to a debate on an internet forum, the bug may be tied to the voice assistant on the phones.
According to an online Reddit forum, a Pixel phone apparently contacted a number in the phone’s contact list that the phone user had never called before. The owner had been away from the phone the entire time and could not have operated it. Another instance, the identical Pixel phone dialed a random number while being held face down.
Other Pixel owners have also confirmed the problem. Naturally, the internet community explored a possible remedy, and according to some users, turning off the voice assistant on the lock screen solves the problem. Anyone experiencing the issue is thus recommended to attempt the same, at least until Google releases an official patch.
Another strong indication that the Google Assistant is faulty is its performance when the owners are using the phone. When it starts up on its own, it appears to catch and execute random commands at times. It is possible that the bug is triggered when the Google Assistant is given lock screen access.
Owners of the new Google flagship Pixel 6, as well as older smartphones such as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a, have confirmed the issue.