Google is releasing a long-awaited update for the Pixel 6 phones. Earlier today, Android expert, Mishaal Rahman, pointed this out That Google posted OTA and factory images on its developer site in a January 2022 patch. This means that anyone can download the update to their Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro now, and the official over-the-air update for them Already arrived on some devices (Including some owned by edge Work crew).
In an email, Google confirmed that the rollout has begun, and that the software will roll out automatically over the next week, depending on your device and wireless carrier.
Using the phones built-in validator might start the process now, and if it doesn’t, sideloading is still an option. However, waiting for the regular rollout instead of doing a manual installation might be the best approach, given the issue caused by the December update.
This patch includes several bug fixes and some new features that Pixel 6 owners have been eagerly awaiting. It is supposed to modify the fingerprint sensor and camera and support 23W wireless charging with the second generation Pixel Stand. On the Pixel 6 Pro, you can use the Ultra Wideband chip to access the digital car key for compatible BMW vehicles. This update also adds the “Quick Tap to Snap” integration that Google and Snapchat promoted during the hardware launch event and new bass controls for the Pixel Buds A-Series.
Google originally intended to ship these features in the December update but eventually discontinued and removed the files from its site when users complained of connectivity issues after installing the patch. Google says the January update contains fixes for those bugs, and it includes the December update fixes to address bugs that led to At least a known Pixel 6 user To completely abandon the phone.
With the images mentioned to the public and a Canadian carrier citing Monday, January 17th for the release, we thought the patch would arrive next week, but it’s already there. This isn’t too early for folks who’ve bought a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro who are expecting a premium device. Although the hardware is at a truly flagship level, the software experience hasn’t always been so smooth.
Update January 14th, 4:30PM ET: Updated to reflect that the update is now rolling out.
Update January 14th, 4:55pm ET: Updated to note that Google confirmed the update, and that it includes both the December and January changes.