This week it became clear that the first reports of a defective backpanel on Google Pixel 3 devices were not isolated cases. If you think your Google Pixel 3 or Google Pixel 3 XL is thicker today than it was when you first received it, now is the time to take action. An expanding battery is NOT a small thing and NOT something to long ignore.
Lithium-ion battery technology is critical to the vast majority of smart devices in use today. The battery you have in your smartphone right now is almost certainly a lithium-ion battery. They’re great because they work well most of the time – but when a lithium-ion battery fails, it will fail HEAVY.
Watch the video below to explain why lithium-ion batteries expand and potentially explode. In this video, Greg Less, Senior Manager of the Battery User Facility at the Technical Department at the University of Michigan, explains what̵
As noted by Android Authority and Android Police, there is a Pixel Phone help thread about a swollen Pixel 3 battery with multiple comments. If you have a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL that seems to have its battery swollen, go to the Google Pixel Phone support page right away.
If you have a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or similar smart device that seems to expand, crack, or otherwise deform over time, take action. Contact the manufacturer of the device and, if possible, DO NOT continue to use the device. First comes expansion, then comes fire. This isn’t a cosmetic problem to ignore like a rust stain on your car’s bumper. This is the kind of real physical flaw that turns into something far more impractical than a slightly thicker phone.