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Google starts rolling out January patch for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Having arrived much sooner than Google’s original “late January” target or carrier date this morning, the next patch for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is now starting to roll out after a long delay.

After the December OTA stopped rolling out in late 2021, Google announced that the upcoming Pixel 6 update would arrive later in the month than usual. This “pause” – along with the unprecedented removal of factory images – was due to “some users” experiencing dropped or disconnected calls. The company also had to disable Hold For Me and Call Screening from the phone app “in light of a bug in the December Android update”.

The January security patch was rolled out naturally at the start of the new year for all other Pixel phones, and now it’s making its way to the 6 and 6 Pro versions:


As of today, there is only one build per phone, while the January 10 patch addresses Chromecast volume issues and controls. As of Google publishing images for side-mounting/side-loading manually, clicking on “Check for Update” does not trigger the OTA on the device. The date that Carrier Canada has suggested today may be when this could start to happen.

Pixel 6 / Pro January patch

framework

  • Fixed an issue that causes the screen to unlock after a missed call when the screen lock is not set.

Network and Dial

  • General network fixes and improvements
  • Fixed an issue where emergency calls were blocked in certain circumstances while installing some third-party apps.

Power

  • Fixes an issue that prevents Pixel Stand setup from starting after updating apps in certain circumstances.

System

  • Fixed an issue that caused incorrect data usage to be billed in the network list on some networks.

user interface

  • Fixes an issue that causes a black frame to appear when the Assistant overlay is rejected on the lock screen
  • Fixed an issue causing memory leaks in the system user interface under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue where the navigation bar would be hidden when switching device orientation in certain circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the PIP window to display incorrectly for certain apps.

Wi-Fi

  • Fixes an issue that causes Wi-Fi to disconnect under certain circumstances.

December correction

apps

  • Fixes an issue that causes the Assistant to inadvertently initiate a phone call under certain circumstances*[1].
  • Fix for app UI stuck or frozen in certain circumstances*[7].

My voice

  • General fixes and improvements for audio playback issues in certain apps*[1].
  • Fixed an issue causing audio noise in videos captured while using certain phone states*[1].
  • Fixes an issue that caused the microphone to break during calls under certain circumstances*[1].
  • Fixes an issue that causes occasional audio glitches when adjusting volume levels*[1].
  • Fix for an issue that sometimes prevented audio from playing from the speakerphone under certain circumstances*[1].
  • Fix now blocking problem to search for unknown music*[1].

battery power

  • Additional improvements to battery charge information appear in the Notification Center *[4].
  • General improvements for battery and thermal performance under certain conditions*[7].
  • General improvements for wireless charging under certain conditions*[5].
  • Improvements to Pixel Stand alignment detection under certain conditions*[5].
  • Fixes issues that sometimes cause incorrect battery usage accounting to display in Settings*[7].

Biometrics

  • General improvements to fingerprint sensor stability and performance*[1].
  • Additional fixes for issues that prevented new fingerprints from being registered in certain circumstances*[1].

Bluetooth

  • Fix distorted audio via Bluetooth in certain scenarios*[1].
  • Fixes an issue that causes Bluetooth to turn on after disabling in certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fix volume adjustment issues with some Bluetooth audio devices*[7].

camera

  • General image quality improvements in camera preview/capture*[1].
  • General camera stability and performance improvements*[1].
  • General improvements to AF response in certain shooting modes*[1].
  • General color consistency improvements in viewfinder preview*[1].
  • Fixes an issue that causes a blank viewfinder preview under certain circumstances*[1].

Display and graphics

  • Enable ANGLE graphics support library for some applications and games *[1].
  • Add additional mockups to display screen color options in Settings *[7].
  • General improvements to keep screen on after multiple manual alerts*[7].
  • General improvements for adaptive brightness response under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fix accidental screen flickering while adjusting brightness*[1].
  • Fixed an issue where Smooth Display prevented toggle the display refresh rate under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fix the issue that causes the screen to flicker after locking or unlocking the device under certain circumstances*[1].
  • Fix for occasional white screen flickering after display goes to sleep*[7].

framework

  • Fix issue causing app icons to display as pending downloads after installation is complete*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that causes Play Store app installation to pause indefinitely under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented work profile setup from completing under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that prevents all settings or apps from being restored from backup during setup under certain circumstances*[7].

modes

  • Fixed issue causing system crash while playing media under certain circumstances*[7].

Network and Dial

  • General network connection stability and performance improvements*[7].
  • Fix crash in Settings when toggling Airplane mode on certain network configurations*[7].
  • Fixes an issue where calling features are disabled on certain devices or networks under certain circumstances*[1].

sensors

  • General improvements for sensor stability and response under certain conditions*[2].
  • General improvements to quick click response and performance*[2].
  • General improvements to auto-rotate response in certain device directions*[4].
  • General improvements for adaptive brightness response under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented lift from waking up and double-tap to wake up in certain circumstances*[1].
  • Fixes an issue that prevents Always-on-display from playing under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fixes an issue that causes unexpected touches or vibrations under certain conditions*[1].

System

  • Kernel update to 4.9.279 for Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones.
  • Kernel update to 4.14.243 for Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a phones.
  • Kernel update to 4.19.202 for Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a (5G).
  • General system stability and performance improvements*[7]
  • Fixed an issue that caused the device to freeze after sleeping while charging under certain circumstances*[1].
  • Fix for an issue that sometimes prevented installation of OTA updates*[7].

user interface

  • Add materials that support dynamic themes of device startup animation *[7].
  • Internet panel improvements in quick settings *[7].
  • Improvements to the layout of the Quick Settings in certain device orientations *[7].
  • Fixes an issue that causes the screen to keep turning on while wireless charging*[5].
  • Fixes an issue that causes the game dashboard icon to appear on the lock screen*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that causes incorrect colors or theme to be displayed in Quick Settings under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that causes lock screen icons to appear under notifications under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing Notification History and Clear All Buttons to display incorrectly sometimes*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that causes app media controls to remain under notifications under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixed an issue causing a persistent call notification under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixed an issue that caused the stop working apps button to stay stuck in the app drawer*[7].
  • Fix the issue that causes the screen to flicker after locking or unlocking the device under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that causes Settings in the Conversations menu to crash under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixed an issue causing the Game Dashboard button to not dismiss while playing under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixed an issue causing the app drawer to scroll to the top after clearing a search query*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that causes certain Home screen icons to appear incorrectly under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fixes an issue where the Quick Settings toggle was enabled to be tapped from the Home screen under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fix for an issue where the date or time was hidden in Quick Settings under certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fix the issue that sometimes causes a blank wallpaper on the home screen after setting the wallpaper*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes causes Quick Settings to be pulled down after unlocking a device*[7].
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused UI elements to display with transparent backgrounds*[7].
  • Fix for an issue where the Work Profile badge icon would sometimes display on personal apps or contacts *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the chat bubble from being rejected in certain circumstances*[7].
  • Fix for an issue that prevents search results from displaying in Settings under certain circumstances *[7].
  • Fix occasional screen flickering in notification shade when swiping from the top of the screen*[7].
  • Fix accidental flickering when switching quickly between apps in certain circumstances*[7].

Wi-Fi

  • General Wi-Fi stability and performance improvements*[7].
  • Fixes an issue that can sometimes cause a device to disconnect from Wi-Fi under certain circumstances*[1].

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