With their latest Android 7.1.1 update, Google introduced two new ‘moves’ to the Pixels, Double-tap to wake and Lift phone to wake. We’ve been noticing some inconsistencies with how well the Pixels respond to the double-tap gesture and it seems we’re not alone.
A Googler has acknowledged the issue on the Google Product Forums and in his response says:
Thank you for your reporting your issues with the new gestures that were introduced in 7.1.1. We want to let you all know that the team is investigating, and working towards a future fix.
We’d call that both an acknowledgment that the problem does indeed exist and that (hopefully) Google can fix it. There’s speculation that the issue is linked to Google’s power saving ‘Doze’ mode that shuts down various parts of the System to conserve battery power. Users are noting that they will occasionally need to move the phone first before the double-tap to wake ‘Move’ will work.
Perhaps Doze is turning off the touch panel sensors until movement is detected? Whatever the cause it’s great to see Google acknowledging and issue this early and promising a fix.
Have you been having issues with the Pixel’s new Moves? Let us know below.