The Google Pixel Android P beta is exciting but it’s also causing problems for some users. And while we’ve already gone over common Android P beta problems, today we want to take you through what to know and how to fix them on your Pixel.
Google’s Android P Developer Preview gives Pixel/Pixel 2 users, and devices from other OEMs like OnePlus, a chance to try the operating system’s new features ahead of the public release. The beta also will help Google squash bugs before the software ships out to millions of people around the world.
And while we wait for Google to squash these bugs, a lot of people running the beta are experiencing frustrating problems. We’re here to help, so read on for some of the most common Pixel Android P problems and how to fix them.
Again, this is beta software that’s not intended for the general public. So, if you’re experiencing problems that’s pretty much what you signed up for when you installed it. Even those that joined the easy beta program knew what they were getting into. That said, Google recently released the Android P Developer Preview 4 (beta 3) that’s very stable. Most of the bugs are gone, another beta is coming soon, and the global release date is likely sometime in August. The wait is almost over, but here are a few potential fixes for problems you’re dealing with today.
Google Pixel WiFi Problems
Even on Android 8.0 Oreo, we’re seeing complaints about WiFi. This is something that happens with every phone, no matter the software. Whether that be WiFi speeds, drops or connectivity. Typically this is something we can easily fix, even if Google mentioned issues on the Android P beta.
If you’re having issues with WiFi our first suggestion would be to turn WiFi off, then back on. Slide down the notification bar and tap the WiFi quick-setting tile at the top. Then turn it back on and try to connect. If this still doesn’t help a quick reboot usually solves the problem.
However, if you’re still experiencing Pixel WiFi problems try this. Go to Settings > WiFi and forget your wireless network. Unplug your home router or modem and wait at least 10-15 seconds before you plug it back in. Once it reboots search for it, reconnect, put in your password, and see how it goes. Google made a lot of changes to WiFi in Android 8.1 which will get included in the P beta. Basically, we don’t expect too many WiFi problems.
Pixel Bluetooth Problems
We’re seeing similar complaints about Android P Bluetooth and NFC problems. With so many different devices, brands, accessories and car makers this is bound to happen. Personally, my Pixel never had a single issue until I updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. It took until Android P for them to go away.
Even on Android P, the biggest complaint is connectivity in cars. Although others claim the connection just drops for no reason. Try deleting all Bluetooth pairings in settings and starting over. Even delete your phone from the car stereo, if that’s an option.
Some of the March, June, and July Android 8.1 Oreo Pixel updates had fixes for Bluetooth. Fixes that possibly aren’t in the Android P beta yet. Basically, expect all the latest improvements when Android P gets released this fall.
Pixel Android P Battery Life Problems
Before you even joined the Android P beta (or flashed the factory image) Google specifically mentioned potentially poor battery life and performance. Both with the screen on and off. So, if you’re seeing battery life regress, don’t worry. Personally, our first recommendation is to un-enroll in the Android P beta and go back to Android 8.1 Oreo. Then, wait for a stable version of Android 9.0 P in August.
If you don’t want to do that, we’ll try to find a few ways to improve things. Poor battery life could be due to a lot of things but is likely an app that isn’t working right with Android P. We recommend customizing location settings, turning the screen brightness down to around 40% or automatic, and closing big apps you no longer need.
However, the best route is to head into settings and make sure an app isn’t draining your juice. Head to Settings > Battery and see what’s in your top 5 or so. Typically Android system, Android OS, or the screen is at the top. If there’s an app near the top, something isn’t right. Uninstall it, disable the app, or tap on it and hit “Force Close” to kill an app that’s draining the battery.
We also recommend setting up Battery Saver modes when you’re in a pinch and need extra juice.
Android P Gesture Control Problems
We’re hearing a lot of people complain about the new gesture controls in Android P. That’s why Google disabled them out of the box and made it an optional mode you had to enable. Here’s how to enable gesture controls in Android P.
If the gesture home “pill” keeps getting stuck or frozen, sticks on the screen while it’s off and charging, or you’re dealing with other gesture navigation problems try disabling it completely. Basically, we’re going to turn gesture controls off, then back on, which should fix your problems.
- Head to Settings in the app tray or tap the gear-shaped settings button in the notification bar
- Scroll down and tap on System
- Now select Gestures
- Tap on the 4th row labeled Swipe up on Home button
- Flip the switch to OFF, then wait a minute and turn it back to ON
All this does is remove the gesture control navigation for a moment and puts it back. So whether you had a big problem, or just a stuck button or window, see it it went away. I gave up on gesture controls and hope they’re better when Android 9.0 Popscicle (that’s my guess for the name) gets released in August or September.
Google Pay on P Beta
A very known issue is NFC or Google Pay on the Android P beta. Some users are able to make payments with NFC or Android Pay with no problem, while others it doesn’t work at all. Google is very aware of this and is still working on a solution.
For now, your best bet is to wait for another version of the Android P beta and try again.
Animation Zoom Bug
Does the “incoming call” animation freeze on your Pixel 2 or 2 XL, making it impossible to answer a phone call? You’re not alone. This is the animation zoom bug, and Google is still working on a fix. This isn’t just from phone calls either, and it’s anytime there’s an animation when the phone software zooms.
Right now we’re unaware of any potential fixes for this. You just have to call people back or do other things to prevent the animation freeze. Or, wait for the 5th developer preview in late July or early August. Hopefully they’ve fixed it by then.
Misbehaving Apps on Android P
Another common complaint from Android P beta users is that apps aren’t working right. Whether that’s Snapchat crashing or your favorite video player messing up. The entire point of the Android P beta and developer preview is so developers can test and improve their apps and services with Google’s new software.
Some apps just aren’t compatible or will be unstable. That’s how it goes. If you have an app that doesn’t work right on Android P just stay patient. The developer is likely aware of the problem, working on a solution, or will be soon. You can reach out to developers on the Google Play Store, or find them on Twitter, and let them know if things don’t work right. Maybe they’ll fix it ahead of Google’s global release date.
General Pixel Android P Beta Problems
In closing, we wanted to share a long list of potential or common Pixel Android P problems you may run into. These are known Android P problems that have already gotten fixed or will be soon.
- Users who depend on Accessibility Services—such as Talkback and Switch Access— may have challenges using this Android beta build, particularly the new system navigation, Overview, and the Launcher.
Performance and battery
- Battery life may be regressed in this release for screen-on and screen-off use cases.
- Window manager: system_server crash after tapping on lockscreen notification.
- System navigation still experiences some jank and frozen states on Pixel devices.
- Secondary user’s lock screen displays blank space between status bar icons when enabled battery percentage in owner.
- Device setup may be delayed in some cases and display the “Just a sec…” screen for several minutes.
- Google hotword settings may turn off after enabling in Setup Wizard.
- Setup Wizard may show black screen momentarily after adding finishing touches.
- Playback over Bluetooth unstable in some cases.
- A device user is incorrectly prompted to add an account when enrolling (using QR code and zero-touch) factory reset protected devices. As a workaround, use the Back button to return to the welcome screen and repeat the process.
- Setting and getting proxy hostnames in an ApnSetting instance typically requires a network connection to a DNS server. As a workaround when setting a hostname, provide a hostname and dummy IP address (such as 0.0.0.0) to InetAddress.getByAddress(). Note that getting a hostname value also requires a network connection.
- Possible looping setup for work profile.
- Calls may drop after hold/unhold operation.
- Device cannot be factory reset. Workaround is to remove all Google accounts from the device first.
- If Google app is not set up, tapping Ambient music from Always-On Display does not unlock screen, and Google crashes.
- Now Playing feature unavailable for secondary user.
- Do-Not-Disturb Driving automatic rules option not available for the secondary user.
That’s about it so far. Android 9.0 P is still a work in progress but moving along swiftly. We believe Google will release a 5th and final Android P Developer Preview sometime in late July (or early August) then officially release the software around the globe before the end of August. So, stay tuned for more information and we’ll update this thread with any fixes as we learn about them.