The Android Pie update is causing problems for Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 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.
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 finally pushing out their own version 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 into the new 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 January security update’s release we’re also hearing about an assortment of other 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:
- 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
- Abnormal Battery drain when Adaptive Battery is turned on
- Google Assistant voice match settings issues
Be on the lookout for fixes for these issues inside of an upcoming security update (based on Android 9.0 Pie) for Pixel devices.
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 issues, Pixel 2 issues, and Pixel 3 problems.
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 Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 forums are also excellent resources.
Where to Report Problems & Find Feedback
Android Pie users should keep an eye on feedback about the update as we push 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.
Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android Pie users.
Google released Android 8.1 Oreo in December, 2017 but we haven’t heard anything about Android 9.1 yet.
The only Android 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 February security update to 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.
Nexus 5X December Update Impressions & Performance
Before we get into an early look at the December Android 8.1 build's performance on the Nexus 5X, a few notes about the installation process.
If you're currently running the latest Android 8.1 build, and we assume most of you are, it shouldn't take long to transition from the version you're currently running to the new build. It took us just a few minutes to get the software up and running on our Nexus 5X.
We've been using the Nexus 5X's December Android 8.1 Oreo build for short time and the update is performing well in key areas including battery life, connectivity, and UI speed.
We haven't noticed any major changes on our Nexus 5X since moving from the November build. That's a good thing. We didn't run into any major problems with last month's update.
Battery life continues to hold up nicely and we have yet to run into any horrible drain during our time on Android 8.1. If you do start to encounter battery life issues, take a look at our guide to fixing bad Android Oreo battery life.
We've been able to connect the Nexus 5X to multiple routers including eero mesh Wi-Fi. So far, the speeds are fast and reliable.
We've also successfully connected the Nexus 5X to several Bluetooth devices including headphones and speakers.
The Nexus 5X in our possession feels pretty fast with the December build on board. It's still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven't experienced any lag or general sluggishness.
The December update feels stable on our version of the Nexus 5X. That said, if you're feeling leery, you should think about waiting for long-term feedback emerges.
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