Google has its Pixel smartphones loaded with many powerful specs and features, such as the camera and Android 7.1 Nougat, but some problems are already showing up.

Reports from Pixel and Nexus phone owners are piling up that the devices are showing unstable Bluetooth pairing and connectivity.

Bluetooth In-Car Connectivity

Specifically, it looks like an increasing number of users are having trouble connecting their phones to their smart cars via Bluetooth. What is more, once the phones finally connect to the cars, the link is unstable and can break at any moment.

At the time of the writing, it is only speculation on what is causing the problem to occur, and Google has not made any official statement about the background of the issues.

Some believe that the Pixel and Pixel XL are to blame, but others point out that the issue might lie with Android 7.1 Nougat, as the Bluetooth connectivity issue happens in the Nexus devices sporting the latest Google OS, as well.

It is best to wait for Google to address the problem publicly, as the company already notes that is looking into the matter. On the bright side, the Pixel manufacturer started to get feedback from the Pixel user community and is working on a fix.

Bluetooth Music

Users are observing that some of the devices that can connect to their cars via Bluetooth maintain the link while playing music, but as soon as a call comes in, the connection bombs.

Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P Bluetooth Problem

It may be that the problem lies within the software more than the hardware.

The reason for this is that handsets that are running on Nougat, such as the Nexus phones, are facing the same problems that have been plaguing the Pixel and Pixel XL. In the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, Google rolled out the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview earlier in October.

Google did not specify whether the 5X or the 6P are facing the problem, but chances are that it is both. Here is a helpful guide to fixing other common Nexus 6P issues.


Those who cannot seem to connect their Android 7.1 Nougat-running phones to the car's Bluetooth system have to muster some patience. Google is putting the pedal to the metal to find what is causing the issues and promised to deliver a fix as soon as possible.

Until then, Pixel and Nexus owners might have to rely on their handsets' speakers for loud music while driving.

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