Bug 56444 - A small "dot" shows up as value in Android labels when the value is null/empty.
Summary: A small "dot" shows up as value in Android labels when the value is null/empty.
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Android ()
Version: 2.3.5
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Samantha Houts [MSFT]
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-05-15 09:14 UTC by TR
Modified: 2017-07-12 08:09 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

Tags: android, label, fr
Is this bug a regression?: Yes
Last known good build:

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Description TR 2017-05-15 09:14:06 UTC
When using Xamarin.Forms pre3 and has a label with a binding and the value is null/empty, a small "dot" will be displayed as value in Android (not in iOS or UWP). In version there is no "dot" when the value is null/empty.
Comment 1 Paul DiPietro [MSFT] 2017-05-15 14:05:37 UTC
Comment 2 Pynne 2017-06-22 07:58:10 UTC
Hi , can someone teach me how to fix this on my side ? i am facing this issue as well and my app is going to release in few days time. Thanks for helping !
Comment 3 Samantha Houts [MSFT] 2017-06-22 19:01:28 UTC
Should be fixed on 2.3.5 stable, which is set to release any day now.

You can hack a nasty workaround by setting your empty Labels to " " (a whitespace character).

Thank you!
Comment 6 Saurabh Paunikar 2017-06-30 10:40:13 UTC
I have used following code to set button text as null. Also used xamarin.form version pre5.Bug is not getting reproduce. Kindly suggest if I am missing anything.

ScreenCast link:https://www.screencast.com/t/Av35NdpiatRa

using Android.App;
using Android.Widget;
using Android.OS;

namespace App66
    [Activity(Label = "App66", MainLauncher = true, Icon = "@mipmap/icon")]
    public class MainActivity : Activity
        protected override void OnCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)

            // Set our view from the "main" layout resource

            // Get our button from the layout resource,
            // and attach an event to it
            Button button = FindViewById<Button>(Resource.Id.myButton);
            button.Text = null;
Comment 7 David Ortinau [MSFT] 2017-06-30 13:33:29 UTC

That's Android code and isn't testing Xamarin.Forms. Look at the test reproduction from the Pull Request to see how we are testing it.

Comment 8 Neeraj Deshmukh 2017-07-03 07:44:28 UTC
Verified above bug on , working as expected hence marking this bug as verified.

Build info : - https://gist.github.com/nehaKh/974f772dcb0ebe27698fb6df12041200

Thanks David Ortinau.