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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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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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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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