Google looking into Android 8.1 bug that causes lock screen swiping issues
Android 8.1 Oreo might have switched on the Pixel Visual Core and appended several new touches here and there; it seems like the update also included an Android 8.1 bug that is giving people some lock screen issues.
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Something About the Android 8.1 Bug
Based on the news on Google’s support site and Reddit, people are having difficulty swiping up on the lock screen on their Pixel phone and Nexus devices following the update. According to troubled device buyers, they have to swipe up many times for the phone to designate the swipe and take them to the PIN/pattern/password input.
Others told they are having difficulty swiping away notifications from the lock screen. I have encountered this Android 8.1 bug on my Pixel 2 XL and would have to frequently swipe at a notification on the lock screen for it to go away.
These problems look moderately new since reports of lock screen issues began accumulating last November. That being said, community manager Orrin verified that Google is looking into the swipe problems and said he would reach out to affected users for bug reports.
As earlier mentioned, the swipe issues look to affect Pixel and Nexus devices running Android 8.1 Oreo. A Reddit user said that restarting the device in recovery mode did away with the problem, though others did not have the same experience with Android 8.1 bug.
Here’s what the user reported on Reddit:
“Since I’ve updated to 8.1 OTA on the OG Pixel XL and I want to get rid of a notification or swipe down my notification bar from the lock screen I have to swipe extra hard and takes a lot of fuckin tries to get it to work. Before was just a quick and easy flick but now it’s been bothering me since the update”
In the meantime, let us know in the comments if your Pixel or Nexus device has this Android 8.1 bug and if you were able to fix it.