10-16-2018 09:15 AM
I got the 8.1.0 (August 1 Security) update last night for my G5S+ (was running 7.1.1) and so far everything seems to work except for the on-screen navigation bar.
Prior to this update, the navigation (bottom of screen - back, home, recent) bar would auto-hide when it wasn't needed. Usually when I'd scroll around inside an app or website, it would raise or lower as I gestured. If it was hidden, a simple flick up from the bottom of the screen would raise it. Or it would be transparant if it wasn't hidden.
After last night's update the nav bar is stuck on the screen all the time. And it is always white; never going transparent or dark.
This has lost me a lot of screen space and makes using my thumb while holding the device very hard, as I'm having to reach another 1/2 inch up the screen. And it just looks horrible having this white monster lurking at the bottom of my screen.
I do use the Nova Launcher Prime and I was told the beta version of it had an option to at least make the bar transparent, if not hide it altogether. After updating the launcher & rebooting I do not have that option. (It does have this option for the notification bar, but not the Nav bar) I have also tried using the Stock Moto launcher and the Nav bar still persists.
I was also told to check Settings > Display > "Hide Nav Bar" but my phone does not have that option in the settings.
Some people have also posted that there should be a DOT on the far left of the nav bar to adjust it's settings - this is something I have never seen on this device, so I doubt it's something Moto supports.
The one place where the Nav bar DOES auto-hide, is when I'm watching a video using the VLC app. Initially PiP wasn't working for VLC, so I cleared it's cache & data to defaults. Going back in, I reset VLC to dark mode, leaving all other settings at default and now PiP does work & the nav bar auto-hides.
So now I'm stuck using One Button Nav to get my screen space back, but this option isn't anywhere near as accurate as the on-screen buttons were. I have rebooted the device several times. I have tried clearing the cache for each app that I would like the bar to auto-hide in (and that's a pain in 8.1 vs 7.xx but that's not Moto's fault) but no other apps have hidden it.
So can anyone here point me in the right direction or show me a setting I've missed? My wife has a Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2 (J327A) which just got the 8.1 update last week, and her Nav bar auto-hides like normal. So I'm guessing this is an issue with Moto's (almost-stock) skin of Androind...?
My device is XT1806, purchased directly from Motorola, and I'm using it on AT&T's GoMobile.
10-16-2018 02:26 PM
10-30-2018 03:07 AM
I have the exact same phone and issue!
It's hideous now, I much preferred the old way of swiping up from the bottom whenever I needed the Nav bar.
If it ain't broke don't fix it! :-(
11-01-2018 05:35 PM
This is crazy. I can't normally watch video in full screen in the facebook and similar apps because of this non-hiding nav bar. In other apps it is likewise disturbing. I wish I stayed with android 7.
11-07-2018 05:04 PM
Just updated to Oreo and immediately noticed the "ALWAYS ON NAV BAR" and I must say, This is CRAP! Why'd they overlook that detail?! They cheapened my phone and it's bs! I want the feature of a hiding nav bar back!! Anyone know of a fix?
11-11-2018 09:01 AM - edited 11-11-2018 09:02 AM
Unfortunately this in not limited to the G5, my X4 Oreo 8.1 is now has this issue. No recent updates applied, started of its own accord.
11-13-2018 11:23 PM
Please be advised that Immersive Mode is automatic but it has to be implemented by developers of the apps. The apps have to be designed to auto-hide the on-screen buttons. There is no way for you to manually hide them.
11-13-2018 11:36 PM
Sure... Lenovo can just as easily make a function so we, the consumers and payers for your product, can turn on or off auto hide for the nav bar when in an app. You guys just don't implement this because of money. Great way too keep your customers happy. You can guess what my next smartphone won't be... correct a Lenovo.