The Google finally released the long awaited Android Pie – its new Android update, and although many notable changes, users who already had access to update noticed some issues that bothered. We separate some of the most recurrent:
Issue # 1: Smart Text Selection in New Pie Overview Not Working
Two things may be happening in this case. The user can first try to press a blank space in the home screen for a few seconds. Then select “Initial Settings” and “Suggestions” and turn on the “Overview Selection” button.
If that does not work, simply enter the System section of System Settings, tap “Languages and Input” and observe the first line on the screen: “Languages”. If the language is set to something other than “English (United States),” this is probably the problem.
Problem # 2: Not finding the command for split-screen mode
Android’s split-screen feature has been moved to a new location. To use it, go to “Overview” and click the icons at the top of the application view. When you touch one of them, a menu will appear with “Slipt screen” as an option. When you select this option and then the second application, the screen is split again.
Issue # 3: Many steps are required to turn on split screen mode now
This is a common complaint among frequent split-screen users, and unfortunately, there is not a great solution built into Android itself. But wait! There are some third-party applications that can fill the void and significantly ease the activation of the Android split screen function.
Edge Gestures, for example, allows the user to create any gesture they want to start split screen mode. Split-Screen Creator allows you to create any number of one-touch shortcuts to instantly start split screens.
Problem # 4: Not Finding the Command to Secure the Application
To do this, simply open the “Overview” and touch the icon above any view of the application. If you do not see the “pin” in this menu, it can also be found in the Security section of the system settings by clicking “Advanced” and “Screen Fixing”. The feature must be enabled.
Issue # 5: Gesture navigation is not appearing
Most manufacturers seem to be shipping Android 9 with the new navigation system by default. It can be activated in the System section of the system settings by selecting “Gestures” and then tapping the “Slide up on the home screen” option and enabling this option.
Problem # 6: Dislike gesture navigation
Just follow the same steps as described in the last item, but disable activation instead of activating it.
Issue # 7: New Smart Screen Rotation for Android 9 Does Not Appear
This is another new feature that seems to be disabled by default. To activate it, go to the system settings display section, touch “Advanced” and then on the line labeled “Auto-rotate screen”. Now just turn the phone horizontally and look for the new spin icon next to the Home button in the main navigation bar of the system.
Problem # 8: Dislike the new Smart Screen Rotation
Just do the same thing described in item 7, but enable the “Automatically rotate screen” option. This will activate the traditional auto-rotate mode and eliminate the manual rotation button.
Issue # 9: Enable the new adaptive brightness feature
To activate it, go to the system settings display section and tap the line labeled “adaptive brightness.” The system needs a few days to start learning the preferences and working.
Issue # 10: new volume controls make it difficult to adjust the ringer volume
There is no simple way to change the volume that Android sets by default, so the best option is to implement some other method to handle ring volume more easily. An application called VolumeP makes the ringer volume become more native and easily accessible in the volume controls of your system.
Issue # 11: Not Finding New Silent Mode Shortcuts
You need to look in the Sound section of the system settings and find the “Shortcut to avoid touch” line. The user needs to make sure it is turned on – with “Mute” or “Vibrate” depending on their preference – then press the power button and increase the phone volume to activate it.
Issue # 12: Digital Wellbeing business does not appear
Despite being part of the Pie, Google is working on the Digital Wellbeing feature available to everyone “later this year”. Anyone who has a Pixel smartphone can sign up for a beta program and gain early access. Otherwise, there is nothing to do but wait.