Google’s released its monthly Android 10 update for Pixel devices. And while the company’s February update fixes some lingering problems, Pixel users are also running into issues with the new firmware.
While most people will want to install February Android 10 right now or in the near future, others might want to hang back a bit and wait. Note that Google’s left the original Pixel and Pixel XL behind on the previous version of Android 10.
The February Android 10 update has 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 February 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 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 installation issues, connectivity issues, abnormal battery drain, UI lag, sound issues, and issues with apps.
Google was able to fix the early shutdown issues impacting the Nexus 6P, but it’s unclear when a fix could come to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users.
Pixel 2 users are noticing issues with their cameras. Android 10 has apparently broke the camera application on some devices. Some users have had to send their device in for repairs, others haven’t been as lucky.
The company is obviously aware of the issue, but it’s unclear if it will issue a fix for the problems in an upcoming update. If you’re dealing with this issue, you’ll want to get in contact with Google.
We expect the list of problems 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 February update fixes issues from previous versions of Android 10. If you’re dealing with one of the following issues, you’ll want to upgrade immediately.
Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL
- Fix for some devices stuck during boot.
- Fix for stuck preview while recording video.
- Fix for overexposure while recording video in certain situations.
- Fix for broken NFC functionality with certain apps.
- Fix for UI crash while using Assistant.
Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL
- Security fixes.
Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL
- Security fixes.
Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL
- Security fixes.
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.
We haven’t heard anything about Android 10.1 yet. And given that Google failed to release Android 9.1 Pie, we probably won’t get a big milestone update in 2020.
We expect Google’s March 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.
Google’s also released the first Android 11 Developer Preview and it’s now available to Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL users.
The Android 11 update brings an assortment of changes and it’s worth a look if a) you want to try out new features and/or b) you’re dealing with major issues on Android 10.
Pre-release software is typically riddled with issues, but it’s worth a shot if your device is struggling on Android 10.
For more on Android 11, take a look at our guide.
Install Android 10 for Better Security
If security is important to you (and it should be) you should think about installing the Galaxy S10 Android 10 update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to push important security patches to the Galaxy S10 series and your Android 10 update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your device.
We expect upcoming versions of Android 10 to come with newer security patches. Remember, Samsung releases critical patches every month.
If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from a previous month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android 10 on your phone.
Android 10 also brings several improvements to device security and you can read about those right here in Google's change log.
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