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Anyone having poorer Wi-Fi range on Android Pie beta compared to Oreo?

The Android Pie beta has been impressively stable since day one as far as beta software is concerned, with a number of new features and the beautiful One UI on offer. However, it seems Android Pie has some trouble with Wi-Fi range compared to Android Oreo. Networks that are visible on a Galaxy Note 9 running Oreo don’t always show up on the Android Pie beta, and the latest beta for the Galaxy S9 seems to have issues as well.

Now, I should point out that this is something only I have noticed here at SamMobile. The 5G Wi-Fi network that I use at home has always been weaker than the 2.4GHz network in my workroom thanks to the distance from the router, but it has never been an issue for my Galaxy Note 9 (or any other Samsung phone with Wi-Fi 802.11ac support) to connect to that 5GHz network. On the Android Pie beta, however, both the S9 and Note 9 fail to show that 5GHz network despite repeated scans and despite being in the same location where things work wonderfully on Oreo.

Wi-Fi range is the issue, not the speeds once connected

Strangely enough, if I do manage to connect to the 5GHz network by holding the phone in the direction of the router, it maintains the connection just like it does on Oreo. Download and upload speeds remain the same as well. But, again, the issue is that neither the S9 nor Note 9 show me the 5GHz network in the first place. And it has been quite vexing considering my gigabit connection is severely limited on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi.

It’s unclear if this is a known or widespread bug, so I thought we should ask our readers if they have noticed something similar. If you have, do let us know in the comments! I’ll go report this in the Samsung Members beta feedback section in the meantime.

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redbear70
redbear70

Well actually I found the issue to be that after upgrading to pie, my s9 (960u) isn’t even 5G wifi compatible. I stood right next to the router and nothing, so I downloaded a couple 5G wifi analyzer apps and both said my phone didn’t support 5G.

mada222
mada222

Turn on wifi automatically doesn’t work.
Sensitivity to swiping down in the home screen to quick open notification toggles became so hard i must swipe down twice to open it.

woody365
woody365

No.

dhruvmhjn
dhruvmhjn

I noticed the exact same problem on the beta. If I connect with the 5GHz network and move further away, it stays connected. But it doesn’t show up in the scan if I’m a certain distance from the router.

This might be the phone’s way to force us to connect to a network with proper strength.

stondec
stondec

I have the following issues on my Note 9 with Android pie – less reliable wifi – mobile switching, screenwrite doesn’t work, battery life is abysmal.

Well, it’s a beta but I hope these issues are fixed quickly.

MarinAndy
MarinAndy

I have S8 with Oreo, November Patch, and when i cover my top part of the phone( top from camera module) the wifi signals are down to 1 dot, even nothing and that’s really strange, I just noticed it.

waldemarz
waldemarz

I am from Poland and I do not have any problem Pie 9 with my 5GHz or 2.4GHz WiFi network in my s9 +

mada222
mada222

Yeah the same with mobile signals too.
Icon frames doesn’t exist.
Recent call logs the names in the highest point in the device
Also the result of name searching in phone app they didn’t make one ui to work with this 2 things.
Losing signal is sooo easy.

vanillasky
vanillasky

All fine in Note 9 for me, no issues with WiFi at all.

redbear70
redbear70

Yeah it’s the same for me. 5G won’t even come up.

siaho
siaho

Report it to samsung as this is a major problem.

locarno
locarno

Abhijeet will you be on live stream ?

bolonak82
bolonak82

I have the same problem with my note 9…