Android 8.1 Oreo, the latest version of Google’s operating system for mobile devices, recently seemed to be having trouble with internet-dependent apps being able to detect that the device was connected to a Wi-Fi network. The problem has just been fixed by Google, and the search giant plans to roll out the solution to mobile devices running Android 8.1 Oreo through an upcoming over-the-air (OTA) update.
It remains unclear, however, when the fix will be hitting affected devices, though it's possible that Google will release the patch as part of the January 2018 security update. It’s worth pointing out that the problem started following the Android 8.1 Oreo update and it occurred only when a VPN connection was in use. However, it's worth noting that apps that rely on an internet connection to work ran without issue after the VPN service was turned off.
More specifically, the issue caused several apps, like Google Photos, to become unable to recognize that a device was using a Wi-Fi connection, thus unable to connect to the internet. Further to that, there were some reports that affected apps seemed to mistake a Wi-Fi connection for a cellular data connection. The OTA update is supposed to resolve all of these problems.
However, it looks like Android 8.1 Oreo issues aren’t just confined to scenarios involving the use of VPN service, as many users are still reporting problems related to the stability of Wi-Fi connections. Earlier this month, several Android users also began to report broken multi-touch after updating to the Android 8.1 version, though the problem apparently stopped after reverting back to the stable version of Android 8.0.
These problems come on top of the slower wake-up time for Google Pixel 2 XL devices after the handsets received the Android 8.1 update. Google said it was aware of the issue and was working on a fix to solve this particular problem, though it remains unclear when it will be released.