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Avoid This Game-Breaking Android 11 Bug

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Here’s a quirky one. If you play games on Android 11, you might have noticed that two bars from your phone’s regular UI can get in the way: navigation and status. These thin little lines appear on top of your gameplay, which can make it impossible to view or tap essential parts of whatever it is you’re trying to play. For example:

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As one Google forum user writes:

“It’s reproducible when you swipe up to show recent apps, then go back into the app. Either the status bar won’t disappear, or the navigation bar won’t disappear. Additionally, if the navigation bar doesn’t disappear, when rotating the orientation the nav bar moves to the center.”

Users have been reporting this problem to Google since September, but the company appears to have been giving a bit of a runaround for answers. In some cases, Google representatives have indicated they’ve been unable to replicate the bug, which seems strange given how many other users have complained about its existence.

Android Police notes that the issue isn’t just plaguing Pixels, too. Devices beta-testing Samsung’s One UI 3.0 also appear affected. This makes it sound like a pretty obvious Android 11 bug more than anything else, and hopefully Google has a fix on the way soon—otherwise, it’s a pretty annoying situation to encounter when you’re trying to relax with a quick game.

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Do not try to fix your Android 11 smartphone yourself

I’ve also read plenty of reports of Android 11 users trying to address this problem using all sorts of conventional troubleshooting techniques. That includes attempting to roll back the Android 11 update—a complicated process that requires an unlocked bootloader, an older version of the operating system, and a bit of know-how so you don’t wreck your device when attempting to flash it.

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I’ve also seen users try the typically tried-and-true technique of factory-resetting their phones. If you restore from a backup, you’ll at least have saved yourself a little time reverting your device. But if you instead opt to start from scratch, you’ll spend a lot of time resetting your phone and re-downloading all your apps, only to find that your efforts haven’t eliminated said bug.

Yes, there appears to be no universal fix for the UI-blocking bug so far. Instead, I recommend putting your phone in Do Not Disturb mode and taking care to not jumping out of the game for any reason. Don’t check other apps. Resist the urge to pull down the Notification Panel, which could trigger the UI issues.

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If you’ve launched your game and it doesn’t have any annoying bars covering it, keep playing the game and don’t do anything else. This limits your multitasking, I’ll admit, but at least you’ll be able to get through your game. If this doesn’t work, however, you might just have to try your luck with other mobile games while you wait for for Google’s fix—perhaps another one won’t be similarly affected.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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