Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL bug prevents camera access


Google's Digital Wellbeing is rolling out of beta, and it is now available for all Pixel smartphones. People are reporting camera error messages and their phones failing to launch the highly-touted camera. As for the camera is concerned, Google Pixel 3 Lite could feature a 12-megapixel single rear camera with dual LED flash.

For as long as we can remember Android has had a bug in random devices where the system is unable to connect to the camera giving a "fatal error". With the app, users can monitor daily how often they use their Android phones and the apps that are installed on it. Users can also cap the amount of time they spend on certain apps, track the number of notifications received daily, and more. "From this point on, the camera can not be accessed by any application, including the "Camera" app". The default Google Camera app, on the other hand, in several cases reportedly show a pop-up with a message saying "The camera driver encountered a fatal error".

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Rebooting fixes the issue temporarily, according to various posts, while factory resetting or launching in recovery mode doesn't seem to solve the problem permanently. "It's unclear what causes the issue, as the hardware functions fine, but when affected there is no fix". However, soon it will be a thing of the past, at least for the Google Pixel phone users.

After poking around in the Pixel 3's code, Charged believes that the issue has to do with the phone not correctly releasing a lock on the camera device that's used to indicate the camera is in use - when apps believe that it's still being used, the camera crashes. The phone has thick bezels as we found in the last year's Pixel 2.