PUBG notch problem: Upcoming March update may fix display issue on Poco F1 and other phones
There was a time when the phones were solely used for, you know, calling! Cutting the cord from it gave more freedom and mobility.
With time, the small brick becomes more versatile. It’s getting slimmer, packing more horsepower and having more pixels in it’s screen than your dad’s PC.
The display tech is an interesting domain. Smartphone makers always try to enhance the primary medium of interacting with the device: the touchscreen. That and the underlying display are kinda synonymous for regular users.
In recent years, we have seen multiple iterations of new techs in smartphone display. A specific bias towards larger displays and elongated dimensions can be clearly noticed.
To gain more space, OEMs playes with numerous options. Curved edge, notch, punch hole, foldable screen – they are nothing but baby steps towards a bezel less futuristic slab without any physical ports.
Sounds absurd? Deal with it.
Vivo unveils brand new concept phone Apex 2019. No ports, grooves, or lines of separation. Looks more like a metallic pebble than anything! 😲@Vivo_India #vivo #apex #apex2019 #VivoAPEX2019 #smartphone #tech #technology pic.twitter.com/dC8eQfa07u
— Pandaily (@thepandaily) January 24, 2019
End users should find them fascinating, but what about developers? Popular games and apps need to quickly adapt these newly introduced layouts, otherwise they will be crushed by negative reviews from users. Lack of standardizations are making things worse.
Samsung and Huawei: Our phones can fold, has 3 screen sizes, camera on each side, edge and corner.
Me, an Android Dev:
*goes into /app/src/main/res*
— Arnav Gupta (@championswimmer) February 24, 2019
Take the example of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG. This immensely popular battle royale game was ported to Android and iOS shortly after release.
Apart from bringing new features and optimizing the game for handheld devices, the developers (Tencent Games) are forced to face numerous incompatibility issues with notched displays. Due to the absence of standard APIs for handling notches before Android Pie, smartphone vendors came up with their own set of solutions.
Guess what? Those were not compatible with each other.
For example, Huawei/Honor closely works with PUBG devs to bring optimizations on their Kirin platform. Their EMUI skin also contains predefined settings to handle the notch while playing the battle royale game.
Around the end of Q4 2018, Tencent issued an update which brought manual graphics adjustments for ‘irregular’ (read notched or rounded) displays. It can be accessed via Settings => Graphics => Non-Standard screens.
However, it was not a universal solution. Especially after getting official Android 9 Pie upgrade, several users reported issues with notch handing with PUBG.
I updated my Mi A2 Lite to android pie using VPN method. After the update, pubg isn’t working inside the notch area. Even after the December security update it isn’t working. Please suggest a Solution.
Will Nokia 6.1 plus will gett notch support on pubg and different apps?
No app is being run under notch, notch is always black execpt on you tube and home screen. Pubg under notch i need
Previously on MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.9.7 and PUBG 0.8, the game can ran on full screen with fill the notch. But after updating to latest beta (Android P), PUBG didnt fill the notch. Please fix this with PUBG game. Thank you.
(Using Mi 8; Source)
Alvin Tse, the Head of Pocophone Global, later confirmed that they have already contacted Tencent Games to bring necessary compatibility fixes.
Dear @PUBGMOBILE , a lot of our #POCOF1 users love your game. But after Android Pie, the game no longer supports full screen with notched phones because of Pie requirements supoosedly. Would it be possible to change that back to how it was on Oreo? https://t.co/EmvuNpxr5P
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) January 19, 2019
Few days ago, he shared that PUBG would finally patch the issue with their upcoming March update.
@PUBGMOBILE fans, we have good news. The Mar version of PUBG will support Android Pie notch screens so you'll be able to play PUBG in full screen with #POCOF1 after they release this new version of the game.
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) February 22, 2019
Another user contacted with PUBG support to get some clarification on the situation. According to the reply, Tencent is aware of it and “the issue in question is currently under investigation”.
@IndiaPOCO hi poco team@atytse @PocophoneGlobal @POCOSupport @IndiaPOCO i contact team of @PUBGMOBILE about the notch issue and they replied this
I think it's an opportunity for you guyz to contact them pic.twitter.com/SAxwHqC87k
— Shaharyar iglesias (@shaharyar_javed) February 27, 2019
You can find the screenshot of the email here:
Alvin got back to him and reassured about the previous claim.
Yes they have told us that their Mar update would patch this.
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) February 27, 2019
We hope the upcoming patch will be compatible with most of the popular devices that are being used by avid PUBG fans. A huge number of Poco F1 (also known as Pocophone F1) users are vocal on various platforms regarding the notch issue:
@PUBGMOBILE please solve the notch issue on poco f1 which has caused after the android pie update on poco f1 xiaomi said it had emailed pubg developers about that please can we have the game working in notch in android oreo in android pie now many poco users are reporting this
— Akki (@Akki53419831) February 28, 2019
Please fix notch issue for Poco f1. pic.twitter.com/aYX3nxij4V
— Papa John (@PapaJoh30268303) February 19, 2019
Poco notch issue not solved ,plz fix notch issue on poco running on Android pie
— shubham kamble (@shubham34649315) February 19, 2019
Are you facing awkward notch bugs with PUBG or any other game? Comment below.
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