While Bluetooth and Android have a reputation for working well together on a par with Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox, so it probably won't surprise many people to learn that, despite promises from the developers that Android 8.0 Oreo is going to make Bluetooth better, at the moment it's proving a nightmare - once again.
The biggest problem seems to be connecting to Android Auto. Users who have upgraded to the final beta of Oreo are basically saying that it's big, bad, bork city.
But there's also audio playback and given that we're expecting the Pixel 2 not to have a headphone jack, needs fixing and quickly.
The really bad news is that it means that a final release of Oreo is looking less likely while they get this fixed - despite its official launch earlier this week. The good news is that Google is at least acknowledging the issue.
If you've decided to dive headlong into an Oreo Beta, Google wants to hear from you via the increasingly erroneously named Nexus Help forum.
Information they need (apart from your phone type, obviously) is:
- For cars - year/make/model and then issue/symptoms
- For headphones and speakers - brand and issue/symptoms
Bluetooth recently launched support for meshing in Bluetooth 5 enabled devices, and this is likely to be a game changer for the standard, as it means that multiple devices can be connected, both together and via a master unit. We're starting to see it with the rise of the True Wireless earbud.
The developer team will be looking for patterns in reports and approaching people directly for further information whilst they try to work out what is going on.
We're a little dubious about this though. Bluetooth problems in Android are nothing new, and they're usually related to the way it has been implemented at an OEM level (and how good the chip is). So if Google hopes to fix the problems in Oreo quickly, we're hoping that they can see their way clear to rolling that fix backwards too.
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