Although it’s a little later in the day than usual, this new update is finally rolling out to phones right now. It’s the same one we saw hit other currently-supported Pixels back at the beginning of the month, bringing along a vast lineup of new features along with a massive array of bug fixes. There’s no way to downplay it: it’s a big update for Google phones, and if this delay were the only problem facing the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, it’d be bad enough. But with Wi-Fi reception issues having plagued many users since the beginning of February — including some of the writers here at AP — it’s made that much worse.
It’s no secret that, despite being among the greatest Android phones on the market right now, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users have had a difficult few months. With a horrible Wi-Fi glitch lingering on devices for over two months, customers have been pleading with Google to release the long-delayed March update, which, along with the Android 12L Feature Drop, was supposed to fix scores of bugs. With less than two weeks before April, Google has finally released the March patch for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones.
While this update mostly makes up for lost time, there is some good news for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners on Verizon. Based on a tweet from Verizon PR manager George Koroneos (and later confirmed by Google), this patch brings along 5G C-Band support for both phones, marking the first-non Apple or Samsung devices to get added to the list. The carrier had initially included both devices in its initial round-up of C-Band phones, albeit as “Coming soon.” The OTA and factory image files are up now on Google’s dev site, with updates rolling out to phones as we speak. Meanwhile, April’s patch is just a measly two weeks away. We expect Pixel owners to wait with bated breath to see if it arrives on time for Google’s latest phones.
Hopefully, this update will be the last delayed patch for Google’s latest flagship phones. February’s build wasn’t the first to face some severe bugs, so if you aren’t experiencing issues with your Wi-Fi performance, it might not be a bad idea to hold off on updating for a couple of days. Unfortunately, with Google’s current track record on these phones, you never know what could be broken behind the scenes.