Samsung Galaxy S10 autofill or clipboard popup while typing issue comes to light

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“Check for updates”

Let me guess, this little phrase is simultaneously the most-beloved as well as the most-annoying set of words for the end users. Hammering the update button like a thousand times and cursing your mate for getting the latest update earlier than yours – not a very uncommon story I presume.

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The endless waiting (Image source: Android Police)

Not every update brings new features and bug fixes, as some unleash epical chaos. Even your shoes nowadays require software updates… and the consequences are horrific.

https://twitter.com/KevinHoffman/status/1098719198937784320

There is this design principle called KISS – an acronym for “keep it simple, stupid”. Software designers often prefer to follow this approach, but it requires some interactions from the end users too.

However, major consumer oriented operating system developers are gradually oversimplifying the design. As a result, power users are unable to get adequate customization abilities.

Take the example of the Galaxy S10 – Samsung lately provided a number of OTA updates to fix existing bugs and bring new features for their 10th anniversary edition of Galaxy S series.

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Samsung Galaxy S10e: The base variant

Nonetheless, some ‘unexpected’ features such as auto popup menus while typing are not well received by the S10 user communities.

After that last update, someone please make this stop. So annoying. from galaxys10

This is really aggravating me for some reason. Everytime I touch an text entry point, the pop-up for autofill or clipboard comes up. I usually use GBoard, but the problem persists with default Samsung keyboard. This just started happening this morning.

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Image source: reddit

As a matter of fact, the ‘feature’ is not tied with the keyboard app itself. Both stock and third party keyboard (for example: Gboard or SwiftKey) users are facing the same issue.

It happens in every app, not just messenger. I also switched back to Samsung Keyboard and Samsungs default messenger app, and still the same thing.

It has to be something firmware related.

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Users have quickly found out that the recent March security patch update (build ASC8 for global Exynos models, build ASD3 for US Snapdragon models) has brought this particular characteristic in the Pie based One UI firmware of Galaxy S10e/S10/S10 Plus.

Single tapping in a text field now brings up the context menu, (Clipboard, Copy, Paste, etc). It was previously a hold to bring it up. It worked in Google Messages and Keep.

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After that last update, someone please make this stop. So annoying. from galaxys10

The following video was shared by a user to show how the tapping functionality used to work:

https://youtu.be/2ydHDJxTuzk

After installing the March update, however, the workflow has been altered.

Well that’s surprising. I figured the bug would be everywhere but apparently it’s more complicated. That exact sequence results in the popup on my unlocked S10 with yesterday’s update.

Now in Google Messages (as is shown in the OP), the popup come on the very first tap, which is very annoying.

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Source (Click/Tap to zoom)

The community has not found a proper way to toggle the option (or even turn it off completely). There is a suggested way that involves removing Google app as the autofill provider, but there are some side effects as well.

Just realized you can REMOVE google as your autofill and it will go away. But that also means you will not be able to autofill usernames and passwords in any applications anymore. Its a big trade off, i think i might just live with the water torture that is this autofill box

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We are unable to find any bug report filed in Samsung community forums regarding this issue at the time of reporting. It can be possible that Samsung is treating this new functionality as a feature upgrade, thus it may sustain in future as well.

Nevertheless, an option to turn it off (or a manual toggle button) would be much appreciated by the Galaxy S10 users, as judged from the community feedback.

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Have you noticed this auto popup context menu (Clipboard, Autofill etc.) while typing on your Galaxy S10?

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.