Google starts fixing touch screen issues with Pixel 2 phones
Google concluded 2017 on a happy note with the release of Android 8.1 on their flagship phones. But sadly, the update left Pixel users with a bad taste in their mouth, for it introduced a lot of new issues. One such concern majorly highlighted by the main stream tech media was ‘swipe to unlock the device screen‘ not working as intended due to touch sensitivity issues.
What’s now coming to light is that Google is fixing the problem, at least in some scenarios. According to this thread on the company’s own issue tracking website, a user recently reported that the simple swipe-to-unlock the device (without any passwords) intermittently fails to unlock their Pixel 2 as well as Pixel XL unit.
Take a look at how the complainant explained the matter:
I use the simple swipe-to-unlock as a way to unlock the device, without any kind of password
Sometimes, even though I swipe, it doesn’t unlock, and I have to do it again. Sometimes even again and again.
I’ve noticed it not just on my Pixel 2, but also on my mom’s Pixel XL.
It might even occur when the swiping is quite large, or quite short yet fast.
Please make it more sensitive, and easier to unlock.
Despite the issue being reported by a single user, Google quickly swung into action, and recently confirmed that the problem has been take care of, and the fix for the same will be available in the updates to come.
The issue has been fixed and it will become be available in a future Android release. Please keep an eye on the release notes.
With Google revealing the aforementioned information on April 04, it’s pretty much clear that the promised fix wasn’t incorporated in the April patch (which released in the beginning of this week). Also, there is lack of clarity on whether the fix will be released in form of a monthly security update or with Android P (which is expected to show up some time during the second quarter of this year).
Whatever the case, we hope the company pushes out the fix for the touch sensitivity issues on Pixel soon, so as to provide its users a glitch-free experience. Rest assured, we are keeping an eye on all related developments, and will update the story as and when anything news worthy shows up.
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