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Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners to be compensated up to $500 for a defective microphone.

Google has earlier this year acknowledged the flaw in the microphone of Pixel phones and agreed to settle a class lawsuit action. The settlement has come up. with the verdict to compensate the owners of Pixel phones who have encountered issues with the microphone. 

The eligibility criteria as mentioned by The Verge, in a report, include the following conditions where the claim should come from one who:

  1. Live in the United States
  2. Bought a new Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone manufactured before January 4th, 2017 (and you didn’t buy it just to resell it)
  3. Didn’t receive a replacement device manufactured after January 3rd, 2017, or refurbished after June 5th, 2017
  4. Aren’t a Google employee, family member of the judges, or a lawyer on the case.

The device whose defective microphone can be documented will claim the maximum possible compensation of $500 while owners who have encountered no issues can demand up to $20 and same is the case with undocumented claims of mic issues. The device also requires to be purchased before January 04, 2017. The approval was granted at the United States Court for the Northern District of California. 

If you have the documentation proving that you ran into the issue, you will be paid $350 by Google. For owners who experienced the issue on multiple devices will be eligible to receive a huge compensation of $500. Google will also provide a refund to those who paid an insurance deductible to get a replacement device.

The deadline for submitting the claim with documentation validation is October 7, 2019. In case of standard claim submission, it has to be done at the earliest. Only 25 percent of the total settlement fund that amounts to $7.25 million has been requested to meet as demand for standard claims. Therefore, if a higher number of people submit a claim than expected, the payouts will be taken down from the maximum target rates.

The report by Android Central also mentions that,

“A hearing will be held by the court on December 6, 2019, to decide whether to approve the settlement. Once approved, the payments are expected to be sent out within three months. Pixel owners also have the choice of opting out from the settlement, which will let them keep their right of filing a separate lawsuit against Google for claims related to the same case.”

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Louis Bruno

louis have been writing about tech since 2014 after spending 10 years in a computer research lab studying and improving the future of computers. He watches Netflix sci-fi with his pet, Casey enjoying snacks.

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