Multi-touch bug in Android 8.1 will be patched in June

Multi-touch bug in Android 8.1 will be patched in June
Some Android devices, namely the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL, have been plagued by a strange bug since updating to Android 8.1. It screws the multi-touch capabilities of the device and pressing the screen with two fingers simultaneously could register movements that hadn't even happened. The issue has most presence in games but can be spotted in some apps, too. It's a rather annoying bug and it can definitely ruin your smartphone experience.

There were numerous reports of the bug on the Google Issue Tracker and the company seems to have finally tackled it. A proof of the upcoming fix is found in the Android Open Source Project, where there's a page named "Fix resampling for multiple pointers".

The multi-touch issue apparently came from a resampling issue. Resampling is essentially the process of converting the touches on a screen into commands. When two presses of the screen occurred at the same time, Android would go nuts and send different "coordinates" for those touches, resulting in non-existing actions.


However, users might have to endure the bug a bit more, as Google will not release its fix before June, due to the company's policy regarding security updates and bug fixes, where changes need to be made at least a month prior to the release of a patch. Hey, at least they are fixing it.

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6 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

See guys, here the difference. When a bug is found iOS it takes 2-3 days for Apple to release update to fix it and on Android you'll have to wait over 2 months and some phones won't even receive it

3. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yes, this situation definitely needs to be improved soon! By the way, haven't seen bugs need so much time to be fixed on Samsung, Huawei, Sony, but on Google's own Pixel lines!

2. Subpixel

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

But there is a difference between "some devices" and "all devices" Bugs in iOS always affects "all devices" .

5. Cicero

Posts: 1103; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And sime more on ios. They have to fix the bug of bug of bug of bug ... And so you have ios 11, 11.1, 11.2,11.3,11.4 ... until ios14, 14.1,14.2,14.3 ... continuously bug fixing.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 6389; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's better to have 1 bug fixed in each of - let's say - 4 updates rather than have 4 bugs f**king the phone until you get one update (in june? holly s**t!!!) that fixes all 4.

4. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

Why not right now?

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