Update 1 (February 21, 2024)
02:35 pm (IST): While we highlighted the official response on Reddit, a product expert on the support forum shared a response they received from Google as well. Here it is:
Our team was aware of this software issue and have identified a fix which will roll out in a coming software update. We can request users to make sure to keep the phone’s software up-to-date. They also mentioned that this issue isn’t related to the phone’s Hardware, so there’s no need for any physical repairs.
Original article published on February 9, 2024 follows:
Soon after the December 2023 Pixel Feature Drop rolled out, several Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users started reporting an issue with a high-pitched noise in their video recordings. This noise isn’t present in the surrounding when recording the video, but it becomes audible when playing the recorded videos.
There were some reports from Pixel 7a users, which hinted at an issue with Tensor G2-powered devices following the December update. While Google didn’t acknowledge the issue publicly, a recent comment from the official Pixel community account on Reddit says Google has identified the source of the issue and the fix as well. However, this fix will be released in an upcoming update. Unfortunately, the comment doesn’t provide a timeline for this.
Adding fuel to the frustration, the February 2024 security update included a camera-specific fix for Pixel 8 and 8 Pro users, further highlighting the lack of immediate resolution for the high-pitched noise in Pixel 7 video recordings. This perceived neglect has understandably irked users still battling the persistent noise issue.
With details of the rollout unclear and the February update already here, the only real hope for Pixel 7 users is to get a fix as part of the March 2024 Feature Drop. Alternatively, Google may fix the high-pitched noise in videos with a standalone update to the Pixel Camera app, but that’s just a hunch. Either way, it’s refreshing to see at least a fix has been found, so it’s only a matter of time before this problem is gone.