Google says it is aware of the problem with the Pixel 4A 5G touchscreen and is working on a fix. Some devices have failed to respond consistently to taps at the bottom of the screen, especially affecting people who have opted for three-button navigation instead of swipe. Android Police 4A received complaints from 5G owners experiencing the issue, which cropped up after the December security patch was released.
Google’s response comes courtesy of the Pixel Support Forum post. The company says it will fix the issue “in the next software update”, but it looks like there will be at least a few weeks left. Android Police While there are no reports of that in the January security patch, Google advises users to work around the issue with some specific instructions for tapping navigation controls:
1. When tapping the icons on the edge of the screen, tap on the center of the button or on the side of the button / icon away from the edge of the display.
2. When tapping the icons, including the navigation buttons at the bottom of your screen, use the help of your finger or thumb instead. This will help improve touch recognition.
Trying to do something like tapping a button on your phone screen and consciously changing it is not an easy task, so hopefully Pixel 4A 5G users will only have to try this annoying task for a while.
Another Pixel 4A with a security update in Google’s January patch addressed a raft of 5G bugs and quicks. So while the touchscreen problem persists, at least one audio dio bug that causes intrusive sounds in some situations is no longer a problem.