Hi there. A quick update from someone who downloaded v1.8 Kola Nut before it was pulled. This is not about the well-reported bugs during the process of updating and reinstalling, but bugs during regular use in the last couple of weeks.
GPS. It seemed better at first: quicker to find my location and more precise. I don’t use it very often, but the first time after the update to 1.8 it was flawless. Subsequent times, however, the GPS was not performing that good. It’s often off by 20-50 meters. Because of this, my phone sometimes thinks I’m driving on a parallel road and it startles me with ‘take a left now! and then take a right!’ in order to get me on the correct road - on which I already am. This is very, very inconvenient.
Battery drain. Overall, it is performing as good as ever. But sometimes, under 20% or 15%, it drains to 0% in a minute or two.
Touch/drag. When 1.8 was announced, it was said that the tap/drag bug was finally fixed. This bug has been bugging me since forever: the phone often interprets a tap on the screen as a drag, so I have to be really precise when trying to click on something - and sometimes tap the screen 3 or more times before it finally understands the user input. After updating, I first thought that this bug was fixed. In hindsight, that doesn’t really seem to be the case. It still misinterprets too often.
Signal loss/reboot. This is the most annoying bug. Since the update, I’ve had it happen a bunch of times - maybe once a week. The phone suddenly has lost signal. I don’t notice it right away, but I have missed a few calls. Trying to reset the connection, I try to engage airplane mode from the quick setting menu - but tapping it doesn’t work. Engaging airplane mode via a long hold on the on/off button does work, though. However, disengaging it does not work. The only way to fix it, is to turn the phone off and on again. (it also seems to be the case that opting for a ‘restart’ takes longer than turning it off and then turning it on by yourself, but I’m not too sure of this)
Please let me know if you have encountered the same problems.
I hope you guys at Fairphone have been working on these bugs too, not just the issues arising from trying to update to the new OS version. I’m eagerly awaiting the new 1.8 update.