Owners of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL are reportedly having issues with their devices after installing the recent February security patch. Users on both Reddit and the Google Pixel User Community are complaining about their batteries draining faster than usual, as well as having phones that feel warmer when performing simple tasks.
The effects of the patch appear to vary from person to person, but the general consensus is a loss of between two to three hours of screen on time. A substantial decline considering that one of the main selling points of the Pixel 2 happened to be the impressive battery life.
Other users are also noting that there is a slight increase in heat generated while using the phone for just about anything; including simple tasks like checking social media. Some more technically adept users have already ruled out any potential background apps using extra processor cycles.
Google has not commented on the matter yet, and it doesn’t look like an answer will be forthcoming any time soon. Instead, we are only left to speculate that the patch has introduced some new processes to the phone; and that the increase in heat generation is somehow related to the reduction in battery life.