Canadian carrier Fido — a company owned by Rogers — maintains a spreadsheet for upcoming and planned updates to all of its supported phones. Sitting on top of the list after today’s update is the Pixel 6, with January’s security patch and all of its various fixes scheduled for January 17th. If that date’s accurate, Monday could bring some relief to all of those beleaguered Pixel owners still stuck on the November patch.
The Pixel 6 may have won the hearts of many Android, as well as our prized phone of the year award, but it’s had a hard couple of months. The December patch arrived last month with a slew of changes in tow, following a rocky launch and a software delay. Unfortunately, it also damaged cell service on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, causing signal strength to drop for consumers all across the world until Google finally pulled the plug. If you’ve been waiting patiently for a January update to address these concerns, we now have our first indications of when it will arrive.
Google’s under a lot of pressure to get this patch to users — and, even more importantly, to get it right. Even by the standards of a Pixel launch, this latest release is buggy, and it’s been bad enough to scare some prominent users off altogether. Just this week, YouTuber MKBHD made it clear on Twitter he was returning to an S21 until his next review. That’s a bad look for Google, especially coming from someone with a following of his size.
As with any carrier-planned launch, you should take this with a grain of salt. Although a Monday launch fits nicely with Google’s “late January” timetable, it’s also a holiday in the United States — an odd time for a US-based company to launch a major update. Still, this latest hint does seem to bode well for some kind of release next week, even if it’s not exactly on the 17th.
With January 17th just a few days away, it won’t take too long to find out whether or not it’s an accurate launch date. So if you’ve been dealing with headache after headache following an upgrade to the Pixel 6, breathe a sigh of relief. Your struggles might finally be coming to an end.