Google is currently working on a much-anticipated upgrade for Pixel 6 phones. Google provided OTA and factory images for the January 2022 fix to its developer site earlier today, according to Android specialist Mishaal Rahman. That means anybody with a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro may already sideload the update, and the official over-the-air upgrade has already come on certain devices (including some owned by Verge staff).
Google confirmed in an email that the distribution has started and that the software will be automatically sent out over the next week, depending on your device and cellular provider.
To use the phone’s built-in scanner may initiate the process today, and if it does not, sideloading remains a possibility. Given the problems created by December’s upgrade, waiting for the usual rollout rather than doing a manual install may be the best option.
This update contains various bug fixes as well as a few new features that Pixel 6 customers have been waiting for. With the second-generation Pixel Stand, it’s expected to improve the fingerprint sensor, camera, and offer 23W wireless charging. The Pixel 6 Pro’s ultra-wideband chip may be used to get digital auto key access to compatible BMWs. This update also includes the “Quick Tap to Snap” integration that Google and Snapchat promoted at the device’s launch event, as well as enhanced bass settings for the Pixel Buds A-Series.
Google had planned to include such capabilities in the December update, but they were paused and then deleted from the site when customers reported connection issues after applying the patch. Google claims that the January update contains remedies for those flaws, as well as updates from the December update for bugs that have caused at least one well-known Pixel 6 owner to abandon the phone completely.
With the photographs released and one Canadian telecom firm indicating Monday, January 17th as the delivery date, we expected the patch to come next week, but it has already arrived. That comes as no surprise to anyone who purchased the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro expecting a premium gadget. While the hardware is genuinely flagship-level, the software experience hasn’t always been without flaws.
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