Google released Android 8.1 Oreo for its Pixel and Nexus devices earlier this month. The new update fixes some issues and adds a couple of minor features. It appears to be causing problems for some users as well. Some Pixel owners have been complaining about multi-touch issues on their devices after they updated them to Android 8.1 Oreo. They’re complaining that the update broke multi-touch on their devices.
Some of the affected Pixel owners have taken to Google Forums and Reddit to complain that the multi-touch feature of their handsets was broken by the Android 8.1 update.
One user even mentions that this issue was present in the first developer preview of Android 8.1. If that really is the case, it’s surprising to see that the issue wasn’t caught before the firmware was rolled out to the public.
The users say that this problem is most noticeable when they’re playing games that rely on multi-touch input. It’s also noticeable in other apps that require using multiple fingers to get things done.
The temporary fix that these users found is simple. They just rolled back their devices to Android 8.0. This rules out any hardware-based issues on the affected devices.
Google appears to be looking into the issue as a community manager at the Pixel User Community has confirmed today. However, it’s unclear how long it might take for the company to send out a fix for this.