Google Pixel 2 XL Fingerprint Sensor Becomes Sluggish after Oreo Update

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Google Pixel 2 XL has been reported to have a slower fingerprint scanner now that it has been updated to Android 8.1 Oreo.

According to a post at the Google Support Forum, the device’s fingerprint sensor takes a second longer to turn on after scanning. Unfortunately, there is no known cause for the slow performance of the fingerprint scanner. A Google employee confirmed that the team is now looking into the problem.

With the Android 8.1 Oreo update, Google seems to be testing certain parts of the Pixel Launcher user interface. According to Android Police, some users reported seeing text on the Google Search bar at the bottom of the launcher. The text varies from user to user with either “Search apps and web” or “Search.”

The texts have been found in both first and second generations of Google Pixels, and Google Pixel 2 XL. The reaction from the text add-on is mostly negative because it only adds unnecessary clutter to the screen, even if the characters are faint in appearance.

Android 8.1 Oreo brings the Go edition of the Oreo software version. It is designed for low-level entry smartphones with 1 GB of RAM. The update includes several redesigned Google apps, such as YouTube Go.

- Memory optimizations to improve usage of memory on devices with 1 GB of RAM or less.

- Optimized versions of Google apps that consume less memory, storage space, and mobile data.

- Google Assistant for Android Go edition to assist users in sending quick messages, making calls, setting alarms, and more.