Android Oreo 8.1 breaks multi-touch on some devices


It appears that a rather severe issue has sneaked into the official version of Android Oreo 8.1. Multiple users are reporting that the latest version of Google's mobile OS has broken the multi-touch feature on their phones. 

Touching the screen with multiple fingers causes the image on the display of some units to shake and jump, which can be quite annoying if you're playing FPS games or trying to use pinch-to-zoom. Now, we all know that a picture video is worth a thousand words, so feel free to watch the YouTube clip below in order to get a better grasp on just how rage-inducing this bug can be.


The problem was reported back when the Developer Preview version of Android 8.1 was live, but, as we can see, somehow it slipped by in the official build. Reverting to Android 8.0 resolves the issue, so this should be something that can be fixed with a software update. 

On the bright side, Google hasn't been slacking around with bug fix releases and is already looking into the multi-touch issue. Orrin, a community manager at the Pixel User Community said that he's investigating the matter: 


If multi-touch is also malfunctioning on your phone, make sure to report it by going to Settings > System > About Phone > Send feedback.

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7 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

Classic google, always copying Apple.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lol that was funny

6. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Since when iPhone has multitouch issue? I Got 11.2.1 on my iPad mini 4 no single issue and performance improved .

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

At least one can still write "I love you" unlike some other major mobile platform!

3. Venom

Posts: 3401; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No malfunction here.

5. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

2017 is not a good year for smartphone software, is it?

7. BryanC_85

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 18, 2017

Super frustrating, hope they update soon!

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