November Pixel 3 and 3 XL update correctly identifies slow wireless charging

We were a bit perplexed a few weeks ago when Google announced its $79 wireless charger. After all, there are other 10W wireless chargers out there for much lower prices. Then, we found out only Google’s official Pixel Stand can charge the Pixel 3 and 3 XL at full speed. Oddly, other wireless chargers still displayed as “Charging Rapidly” on the phones. Google appears to have fixed that in the November OTA. Read MoreNovember Pixel 3 and 3 XL update correctly identifies slow wireless charging was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fix coming] The Pixel Stand breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3

Update 1: 2018/11/05 9:53am PST

Google has confirmed the bug exists and will issue a fix… eventually. A timeline was not provided, and the official statement follows.
We’ve seen rare instances in which notifications don’t come

Google’s Pixel Stand is a pretty nifty wireless charger - if an almost certainly overpriced one. Being a Google product, it’s also not without its issues, and we’ve just had our attention drawn to a rather annoying one: the Pixel Stand just straight up breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Read More[Update: Fix coming] The Pixel Stand breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Pixel Stand breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3

Google’s Pixel Stand is a pretty nifty wireless charger - if an almost certainly overpriced one. Being a Google product, it’s also not without its issues, and we’ve just had our attention drawn to a rather annoying one: the Pixel Stand just straight up breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. We’ve been able to reliably recreate this bug with both devices.
Once removed from the Pixel Stand, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will no longer display ambient notifications. Read MoreThe Pixel Stand breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Pixel Stand's photo frame mode is busted for some people

Google’s Pixel Stand does not come cheap, but you’d naturally expect it to work flawlessly if you decided to drop $79 on it. Well, Google might have some work to do there. Some Pixel Stand owners are beginning to complain that photo frame mode, one of the exclusive Pixel Stand features, just doesn’t work.

In the Pixel Stand settings, you can configure your Pixel 3 or 3 XL to show a slideshow of your Google Photos content. Read MoreThe Pixel Stand’s photo frame mode is busted for some people was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Third-party support coming] Google limits Pixel 3 wireless charging rate to standard 5W for third-party charging pads

Update 1: 2018/10/23 12:22pm PDT

Google has circled back with us for some clarification. While only the Pixel Stand will charge the Pixel 3 wirelessly at full speed right now, a certification process is underway

We already knew that Google’s Assistant UI would only work on the Pixel Stand. This decision by Google, while annoying, is understandable. Less understandable is the recent discovery that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will only wirelessly charge at 10W on the Pixel Stand, with all third-party wireless chargers limited to the much slower 5W. Read More[Update: Third-party support coming] Google limits Pixel 3 wireless charging rate to standard 5W for third-party charging pads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Stand review: A cool but tragically overpriced wireless charger

You could be forgiven for thinking Google was new to wireless charging if you haven’t been obsessively following its products for years. The Nexus 4, 5, and 6 all had wireless charging capabilities, and Google even released its own wireless charging pad in 2013. After ignoring wireless charging for several years, the feature is back on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Google is also selling a wireless charger again: the Pixel Stand. Read MorePixel Stand review: A cool but tragically overpriced wireless charger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.