Google’s April update is now available for Pixel phones

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Aside from the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, this month’s update is also available for the Pixel 3a series and newer devices. It includes a number of changes, including some Pixel 6-specific fixes. Google’s latest phones should handle wireless charging better with “certain accessories,” though whether that’s specifically intended for the Pixel Stand is unclear. Two fixes for the camera should improve how the front-facing camera works with specific apps, along with a green screen bug appearing in camera previews.

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means that if you own a Pixel, you already know what that entails. While it’s not quite as thrilling as a full-fledged Feature Drop, the April security patch for Google’s phone lineup is arrived, and there’s a hint of good news for aficionados. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are included in this month’s update, which is only the second on-time patch since the device’s launch last year.

Highlights

  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing recents button to show the overview while using 3-button navigation with third party launchers *[1]. Obviously, we wouldn’t blame any Pixel 6 owners for putting the brakes on installing this patch. The February update — hailed as the first time the phone actually got software on time — delivered users a nasty Wi-Fi bug that lingered for nearly a month and a half before Google finally fixed it.

  • Otherwise, the rest of this month’s patch falls under “User Interface,” covering all currently-supported models. PiP crashes, live wallpaper errors, and broken app drawer animations are just a few of the fixes included for April. Although it’s not nearly as chunky as last month’s massive update, you can find the complete list of fixes below.

As always, you can grab the factory images or OTA files for manual installation from Google’s website. Otherwise, hold tight — it should be rolling out to supported phones shortly. With any luck, this patch spells the end of Google’s troublesome patches for its latest flagships.

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