Ingress Prime bugs in priority order
I've been using Prime every day for the past few months and the following is my list of the top 5 bugs with the Prime client in order of most annoying / gamebreaking / infuriating to least. For context, I play on an iPhone 8 Plus with the latest stable iOS (currently 12.4). I'm only looking at bugs and not feature parity.
1. Getting stuck on "Command Channel Open" while glyph hacking.
Despite the release notes for 2.27 claiming to have fixed this issue, I still seem to be getting stuck at the same place with the same frequency. It's (almost?) never on the first hack after restarting the client, but usually it takes around 5-8 hacks before it starts getting stuck. Once it starts getting stuck it will almost always continue to get stuck on subsequent hacks, with the frequency of getting stuck and the duration of being stuck increasing as time goes on until the client is restarted.
Once stuck, the only way to get unstuck is to input commands or else just draw randomly every few seconds. Eventually (sometimes after 1+ minutes) the hack will proceed normally. If no further input is given after getting stuck, you will be stuck presumably until the end of time (have tested this out to several minutes).
Now for some anecdotes that should be taken with a grain of salt. When sitting in one place hacking the same few portals I don't seem to get stuck. When I don't input any commands I don't seem to get stuck as often. I often get stuck when I'm walking around interacting with many different portals in a row.
This bug alone has wasted many hours of my time over the past few months, and time is your most valuable and limited resource when playing Ingress. This bug is well deserving of the #1 spot.
2. Interactions are no longer triggered when pressing UI elements, instead triggering when the press is released
I'm treating this change, introduced in 2.27, as a bug (hopefully it is?) because it seems to be causing issues throughout the app. This has quickly become a source of frustration when using Prime since the new UI update. Since now where your finger is when you release is important when it didn't used to be, additional precision is required. Here's some examples of areas impacted by this bug:
- I'm constantly running into "portal out of range" messages now when attempting to hack a portal that I can just barely reach. It used to be that if you could press the hack button you were able to hack the portal. Now that's no longer the case. This is especially noticeable when swiping the hack button to glyph hack, hack-request-key, or hack-no-key.
- When long-pressing Fire to charge, moving your finger even very slightly cancels the action.
- Swiping the main button into a menu now can press buttons in that menu when you release your finger. Like when swiping into inventory, if your swipe ends on the manage button you're instantly mass-recycling without meaning to.
3. Medals / missions / keys displaying blank images until the app is reinstalled
I reinstalled Prime yesterday because my 4 most recent medals were showing up as blank. They were also blank when I got the popup letting me know I earned a new medal, which was pretty disappointing as I like to screenshot my gold+ medals earned. So my onyx Recharger, platinum Trekker/Translator, and gold Myriad Hack medals were all just blank hexagons. My profile loaded properly after reinstalling but now it looks like this (again):
This is also a big problem with keys, as the images are a good way for me to quickly locate the correct key when I'm trying to find one in my inventory or in a key locker. But when some/all the images are blank it's pretty difficult.
4. Linking issues
When linking, the view of the destination portal is often incorrect or takes a long time to load in the links and fields around the portal you're linking to. This often makes it difficult to know if you're linking to the right portal if you aren't 100% sure. When throwing multiple links, it will sometimes show already-linked portals as eligible for additional links. And finally it won't cut you off when you reach the outgoing link limit, leading you to try linking when you can't.
5. UI buttons disappearing
Sometimes buttons disappear in the inventory menu. Notably the "Manage" button for key lockers and capsules will disappear, and the "Recycle" button within the mass-recycling mode for resonators/weapons/etc will disappear. I can get the "Recycle" button to reliably disappear by hacking a portal, then quickly going into inventory then mass-recycle mode around the same time that the box listing everything you got from hacking is displayed. To restore the button you must exit out of the inventory menu, tap to close the hack results box, then try again. But sometimes this bug occurs even without hack results on screen.