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Android 9.0 Pie Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The Android Pie update is causing problems for Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a users and today we want to take you through what you need to know about Android 9.0 Pie problems.

In August, Google released its Android 9.0 Pie operating system. The update is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. It also powers the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Unfortunately, it’s the end of the road for Google’s Nexus line. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will both stay put on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Android 9.0 Pie has also rolled out to the Essential Phone and OEMs like Samsung are pushing out their own versions of the operating system.

The Android Pie update is exciting, but like all Android updates, it’s plagued with a variety of problems. Some of these issues are minor bugs, others are far more problematic.

If you’re thinking about downloading the latest Android Pie update for your phone, you should be familiar with these issues before you install. This way you won’t be caught off guard.

If you’re already using the Android Pie update on your device you should be keeping an eye out for problems and reporting what you see to Google so it can improve the product in future updates.

In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android Pie problems, provide you with some potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android Pie update, show you where to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next.

Prepare for Your Android Pie Update

It’ll be tempting to install the latest version of Android Pie when it appears for your device. However, many of you will want to do some prep work before installing the new software on your phone. A little prep can go a long way toward preventing issues.

It’s difficult to predict what you might encounter once you install new software on your device. While some you will see a performance boost, others will run into performance issues and bugs. And this is precisely why you should take some steps before you install the latest Android 9.0 build on you device.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we typically use before we install Android software on our Pixel devices. It helped us get through the seemingly endless stream of new Android Oreo builds and it should help you prepare for your update.

If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on the pre-installation process, just make sure your files are all properly backed up before you transition from one version of Pie to another.

Data loss issues are rare, but you’ll want to make sure all of your bases are covered before you make the move.

Pixel Android Pie Problems

Google’s squashed a handful of bugs and performance issues, but problems continue to plague the company’s Pixel devices as we push deeper into the year.

Some Pixel users are running into installation issues. If you’re experiencing issues with the installation process, take a look at our guide. It’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

As we push away from the August security update’s release we’re hearing about a variety of bugs and performance issues. The list is growing and we expect complaints about Android Pie to continue to pickup as more Pixel users download and install the update.

The current list of complaints includes:

  • Bootloops
  • Lockups and freezes
  • Adaptive brightness issues
  • Disappearing home and recent buttons
  • Sound/volume problems
  • Fingerprint sensor issues
  • Various connectivity (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS) problems
  • Bad battery life

Be on the lookout for fixes for these issues inside of an upcoming security update for Pixel devices.

Where to Report Problems & Find Feedback

Android Pie users should keep an eye on feedback about the update as we push deeper into 2019.

We continue to see feedback about the Android Pie update emerge on social media sites like Twitter. We’re also seeing Pixel users share their thoughts about the update on sites like YouTube.

You’ll also find useful feedback emerge on Google’s Pixel Help ForumsXDA-Developers, and Android forums like Android Central Forums.

Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android Pie users.

If you run into an issue on your device you’ll want to report your issue to Google. You can do so via the company’s website or via the Pixel Help Forums.

How to Fix Pixel Android Pie Problems

If you run into Android Pie issues you can’t rely on Google to fix your problems. New builds won’t come every week and the next release will probably bring its own set of bugs and issues.

If you encounter a bug or performance issue on your phone you’ll need to be extremely proactive. Fortunately, there are a ton of resources out there.

Our broad list of fixes for the most common Android issues is a great place to start if you’re struggling on the software. We’ve also put together more specific guides to fixing Pixel issuesPixel 2 issues, Pixel 3 problems, and Pixel 3a issues.

Our guides will show you how to fix bad battery life, issues with Wi-Fi, problems with Bluetooth, random reboots, and many other common problems.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, and there’s no guarantee you will, you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum. XDA’s PixelPixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a forums are also excellent resources.

If you’re running an older build, say Google’s July release, try updating to the August build. It comes with an assortment of bug fixes for Pixel phones.

What’s Next

We haven’t heard anything about Android 9.1 Pie yet. And with the official Android Q release date getting close, we might not get it.

The only Android Pie updates on our radar right now are the company’s monthly security patches. These updates often deliver bug fixes and we could see Google deliver essential bug fixes in the next release.

We expect the September security update roll out early next month. Google typically rolls its security updates out on the first Monday of each month.

If you’re dealing with issues keep your eyes out for it. It might have essential bug fixes on board. There’s also a chance it’s based 0n Android Q, not Android Pie.

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Buy for Great Software Support

Buy for Great Software Support

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL run the best version of Android Pie. They also get the best software support from Google. 

While you might be tempted to buy an older Pixel or Nexus phone, software support will end for those devices before it ends for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. 

If Google's Android timeline holds, Android Pie will be the last major upgrade for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. The devices will get security updates and bug fixes for another year, but support will end after that and you'll be on your own. 

Google says Android version support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will end alongside security updates in October 2020. 

The flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will get software updates until October 2021. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will get similar support making the Pixel 3 line the best choice for those who want to hold onto their phone for several years. 

We should also point out that Pixel devices are always the first to milestone Android upgrades from Google. For instance, Pixel phones were the first to Android 8.1 Oreo and Android Pie.

Pixel devices got Android 8.1 Oreo in December, 2017. Samsung, the biggest Android OEM, waited until late 2018 to start rolling out Android 8.1. 

You can also expect the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL to get Android Q, Google's next operating system, months before phones from companies like Samsung

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. TJ OConnor

    07/09/2018 at 1:52 pm

    I currently am running P Dev Preview 4 and having issues getting my contacts to sync. At first is was only when i restored a Google Account Back-up, Now it isnt syncing at all whether i do a restore or not :( WTF!?!?!

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  3. amz

    02/10/2019 at 4:57 am

    I absolutely hate this new update. It’s so ugly, delis like I’ll using an iPhone! Please tell me there’s a way to get the old version back…

  4. Ikram

    03/05/2019 at 5:16 am

    New update is nonsence its really bad
    Battery life is bad in pie9 version nd also wifi issue pls try to fix it soon as possible

  5. Daniel Chukwukere

    04/01/2019 at 11:16 pm

    I’m still on Android 8.1 on my Nokia 7 plus and I’m loving it.. I have been receiving update Notifications to Android 9 since the day it launched but guess what…I ignored it . Reason being that I users were reporting online about Battery drain after updating.. which in my opinion is the biggest disadvantage for me because I’m a heavy user and I wouldn’t be happy if my battery life gave up in the middle of the day. That’s why I’ve chosen to stay in Android 8.1 Oreo which has excellent battery life.

  6. Bimol

    04/08/2019 at 1:11 am

    since the update my internet speed is getting slow.. i barely get to watch videos at 240p… forget about gaming the ping keeps fluctuating from 70ms to 286ms.. any suggestions on how to fix this issue please..

    Samsung A7

  7. Brandon

    04/17/2019 at 7:44 am

    Since installing the update I am unable to send group messages to 99% of my contacts. Anyone else getting this? I’ve checked seeing and verified messaging is on, tried turning it off then back on, resetting phone but still unable.. am I the only one? Thoughts on a fix?

  8. James A ONeill

    04/23/2019 at 3:34 pm

    Since my wife and I have updated booth of our Galaxy S6+ we have had many of the same issues. But one that hasn’t been addressed, she uses the standard internet browser and I use chrome. We both have to close the app and clear every tab even the first one about every 2-3 time opening Google.

  9. James A ONeill

    04/23/2019 at 3:37 pm

    Ohh and that…. It Auto corrects random words even when typed in and corrected manually.
    I wrote Galaxy S8+

  10. Jess

    05/05/2019 at 5:31 pm

    I hate this..brand new phone, now with this update I can’t access my banking info…Wells Fargo. WTF?? That’s vital info…

  11. Cheryl

    06/05/2019 at 2:45 pm

    This update insults my intelligence! The icon’s look like they belong on a toddler’s toy and the juvenile changes to operation of the contacts and messaging is just ridiculous. HATE THIS UPDATE!
    Looks like it was programmed by a junior high student for his baby brother!

    • Vitalija

      06/26/2019 at 11:15 am

      100% agree. I can’t even type a message normally. The touch screen just drop me off the window. And the icon’s, why?!! This is the worst update I ever had. Perfect lesson, NEVER GOING TO AGREE WITH ANY ANDROID UPDATE.

  12. Adam Martin

    07/04/2019 at 9:35 am

    charging issues and turning my pixel 3 on are my issues after updating

  13. Todd Smith

    07/25/2019 at 2:47 pm

    Adaptive brightness. Having to turn up the brightness all the way in doors. It is also off. Motog6 play.

  14. r brake

    08/29/2019 at 4:46 am

    Moto g6. Sending files from my MacBook Pro to my phone by bluetooth was effortless until I screwed up and updated the phone without waiting. Now the 2 won’t stay connected and I cannot send file 1. Major part of my workflow completely down the drain. There are other reasons I don’t want to switch to an iPhone but I may have no choice here.

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