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Android Pie update to reportedly fix annoying back button issue

Till now, pressing the back button while looking at recent apps brought the user back to the home screen.

  • Published: August 11, 2018 12:14 PM IST
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Android Pie has started rolling out to a few devices, and there are some interesting new features that users might find curious. And the new feature that we are going to talk about has to do with the new gesture navigation feature that has been added in this version of Android 9 Pie.

Gesture navigation has essentially replaced the back, home, and the recents buttons. And to make gesture-based navigation viable, the whole Recent Apps screen too has been redesigned. If one wants to zoom out of the current app swiping up on the gesture button does the trick, and it even shows all the recent apps in a horizontal list. People can browse through this list by swiping left or right on the gesture button.

But certain users had issues with this feature when the Android version was still in its beta phase back in July. Apparently pressing the back button while in the browsing mode did not take you back to the previous app, but directly back to the home screen, which is not something one would expect. This apparently still exists.

Hence if one was inclined to look at the recent app list and opened up the screen, and decided to go back to the app they were in and pressed the back button to do so, they would instead be redirected to the Home screen. And this problem is not just persisting with the gesture navigation system, but the regular buttons as well.

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Google is now said to have been notified of the issue, and only yesterday Google marked the problem as “fixed” and it should be rolling out soon, XDA Developers reports. We can expect the fix to arrive with the next update.

  • Published Date: August 11, 2018 12:14 PM IST