Google’s released its first monthly Android 10 update for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. And while the update fixes some lingering problems, issues have slipped through the cracks into the final release.
While most people will want to install October Android 10 right now or in the near future, others might want to hang back a bit and wait for Google to roll out its next batch of bug fixes.
The October Android 10 update has only been out for a short time, but we’re already hearing and see complaints about bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues are brand new, some have carried over from the previous version.
If you’re thinking about downloading the October Android 10 update on your Pixel, you should be familiar with these issues before you tap install.
In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android 10 problems. We’ll also provide you with some potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android 10 update, show you where to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next for Google’s stable of Pixel phones.
Prepare for Your Android 10 Update
You might be tempted to install the newest version of Android 10 right now. That said, before you tap on install, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move.
You can’t predict exactly how Android 10 will run on your phone. Some of you might see a performance boost, others will run into bugs or performance issues. Preparing for the installation will help you cut down the number of potential issues you might encounter.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we use before we install new Android software on our Pixel devices.
If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, make sure all of your files are all properly backed up. Data loss issues are rare these days, but this is still an important step to take before you make the transition from Android Pie to Android 10 or the previous version of Android 10 to the latest firmware.
Pixel Android 10 Problems
Again, the new version of Android 10 squashes bugs and performance issues, but the final version is causing problems for some Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 users.
Some users are running into installation issues. If you’re experiencing issues with the Android 10 installation process, take a look at our guide.
Pixel users are also complaining about a variety of other problems including connectivity issues, abnormal battery drain, UI lag, sound issues, and more.
It’s a short list, but we expect the list to grow as more people download and install the latest version of Android 10.
Where to Report Problems & Find Feedback
We’ll start to see more feedback about the Android 10 update on sites like Twitter and YouTube.
Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from other Pixel users if you’re feeling leery about the move to the latest version of the operating system.
How to Fix Pixel Android 10 Problems
The October update fixes issues from the previous version. If you’re dealing with one of the following issues, you’ll want to upgrade immediately.
Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
- Fix for missing notifications in Pixel Stand mode.
- Sensor calibration improvements.
Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
- Wi-Fi stability improvements.
- System stability improvements.
- Fix for memory drain in UI.
- Fix for missing heads-up notifications.
- Gesture navigation stability improvements.
- Fix for bootloop in certain device locale modes.
If encounter problems on your Pixel you can’t rely on Google to fix them. New Android 10 builds won’t come every week and every release will have its own set of problems.
If you encounter a bug or performance issue, you’ll want to try fixing it on your own before getting in touch with Google’s customer service.
Our broad list of fixes for the most common Android issues is a great place to start if your phone starts struggling with Android 10 on board.
If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum or XDA’s Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a forums.
We haven’t heard anything about Android 10.1 yet. And given that Google failed to release Android 9.1 Pie, there’s a chance we don’t get a big maintenance Android 10 update in 2019 or 2020.
We expect Google’s November security update to roll out early next month. The company almost always rolls its monthly updates out on the first Monday.
If you’re dealing with Android 10 issues keep your eyes out for it.
Buy If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next tablet for awhile, it might be a good idea to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
While you might be tempted to go with the Galaxy Tab S4 or a cheaper model in the Galaxy Tab S series, note that these devices will see their software support end a lot quicker.
Samsung typically keeps its flagships upgraded with major software updates for two years. The company tends to extend bug fixes and security patches for a bit longer than that, but software support will eventually stop and you’ll be on your own.
The company also tends to keep some software features exclusive to newer devices due to the hardware limitations on the older models.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with the company's best version of Android Pie and One UI. We expect it to immediately benefit from some of the software features coming to the Note 10 and it'll get a robust version of Samsung's Android Q update.
If you want the absolute best software experience from a Samsung Galaxy tablet in 2019 and the foreseeable future, you'll probably want to pickup the Galaxy Tab S6.
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