Android 8.1 breaks multi-touch feature, Google investigating
Looks like, after Android 8.0 – which was fraught with bugs – the recently launched Android 8.1 also has some major issues. While the latest release has not even reached every user yet, issues have already started showing up. Case in point: the update has broken the multi-touch feature.
The problem is annoying, especially for gamers, as broken multi touch prevents them from having a smooth experience with their games. Users complain while touching the phone’s display with two or more fingers at the same time (say, during a game), the image on screen begins to jump/shake. Here’s how an affected user explains the problem:
To get more clarity, take a look at the following user shared videos, which clearly showcase the glitchy multi-touch behavior.
Here’s another one: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GpRJbKZgz6s6Jf0p8pfjSG1h-tfRQGZv/view
The problem in question was first reported in the developer preview/beta version of Android 8.1, but wasn’t fixed, and it’s now there in the public release as well. The relevant thread on Google’s official issue tracking website clearly conveys that the company left the problem to be entertained later.
It’s worth mentioning that though the problem is reported mostly by gamers (as it is easily noticeable while playing games), it may not be specific to gaming only, as some users are observing the same behavior with the Google Photos app as well.
With a significant number of users – both on the official help forum and Reddit – chiming about the same multi-touch bug in Android 8.1 (along with video proofs), Google now appears alarmed. This morning Google employee Orrin (who is also the Community Manager at Pixel User Community) addressed the complainants and said:
I’m digging into this, and will keep you posted with any other information I can get. I might be reaching out privately to a few of you for bug reports as well.
The aforementioned matter is also being actively discussed on Google Issue Tracker.
Hope the company will fix the
ignored multi-touch problem sooner than later. Meanwhile, we are keeping a close watch on all related developments, so keep visiting this space.
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