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

Arriving well before Google’s original “end of 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 at the end of 2021, Google announced that the next 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” encountering 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 normally at the start of the new year for all other Pixel phones, and now it’s coming to the 6 and 6 Pro:


As of today, there is only one build for each phone, while this January patch addresses 10 Chromecast issues and volume controls. As of Google posting the images for manual sideloading/installation, tapping “Check for Updates” still does not trigger the OTA on the device. The date suggested by the Canadian airline today could be when that starts to happen.

Pixel 6/Pro January Patch

Framework

  • Fixed issue causing the screen to unlock after a missed call when a screen lock was not set.

Network and Telephony

  • General fixes and improvements for the network.
  • Fixed issue that prevented emergency calls under certain conditions while some third-party apps were installed.

Energy

  • Fixed issue that prevented Pixel Stand settings from launching after updating apps under certain conditions.

System

  • Fixed issue causing incorrect data usage accounting in the Network menu on some networks.

User interface

  • Fixed issue that caused a black frame to appear when dismissing the Assistant overlay on the lock screen
  • Fixed issue causing system UI to leak memory under certain conditions.
  • Fixed issue causing navigation bar to hide when changing device orientation under certain conditions.
  • Fixed issue causing the PIP window to display incorrectly for certain applications.

Wifi

  • Fixed issue that caused the Wi-Fi network to drop the connection under certain conditions.

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Applications

  • Fixed issue causing Assistant to inadvertently initiate a phone call under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fix for app UI stuck or frozen under certain conditions*[7].

Audio

  • General fixes and improvements for audio playback issues in certain apps*[1].
  • Fixed issue causing audio noise in videos captured while using certain phone cases*[1].
  • Fixed issue causing microphone to cut off during calls under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fixed issue causing occasional audio glitches when adjusting volume levels*[1].
  • Fix for issue that occasionally prevented audio from playing from the speaker under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fixed issue preventing Now Playing from searching for unrecognized music*[1].

battery power

  • Additional improvements for battery charge information displayed in notification shade *[4].
  • General improvements to battery and thermal performance under certain conditions*[7].
  • General improvements to wireless charging under certain conditions*[5].
  • Improvements for alignment detection in Pixel Stand under certain conditions*[5].
  • Fixed issues that would occasionally cause incorrect battery usage accounting to be displayed in Settings*[7].

Biometrics

  • General improvements to fingerprint sensor stability and performance*[1].
  • Additional fixes for issues preventing registration of new fingerprints under certain conditions*[1].

Bluetooth

  • Fix for distorted audio over Bluetooth in certain scenarios*[1].
  • Fixed issue causing Bluetooth to turn on after disabling under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed volume adjustment issues with certain Bluetooth audio devices*[7].

Camera

  • General image quality improvements in camera preview/capture*[1].
  • General improvements to camera stability and performance*[1].
  • General improvements to autofocus response in certain capture modes*[1].
  • General improvements to color consistency in viewer preview*[1].
  • Fixed issue causing blank viewer preview under certain conditions*[1].

Display and graphics

  • Enable ANGLE graphics support library for certain apps and games*[1].
  • Add additional example images to show color options in Settings *[7].
  • General improvements to keep screen on after multiple manual activations*[7].
  • General improvements to adaptive brightness response under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fix for occasional screen flickering during brightness adjustment*[1].
  • Fixed issue that prevented Smooth Display from changing the screen refresh rate under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fixed issue causing screen to flicker after locking or unlocking the device under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fix for occasional white screen flickering after screen turns off*[7].

Framework

  • Fixed issue causing app icons to show as pending downloads after installation is complete*[7].
  • Fix for issue causing Play Store app installation to pause indefinitely under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fix for issue that would occasionally prevent work profile setup from completing under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue that prevents all settings or apps from being restored from backup during setup under certain conditions*[7].

Media

  • Fixed issue causing system to crash during media playback under certain conditions*[7].

Network and Telephony

  • General improvements to network connection stability and performance*[7].
  • Fix for crash in Settings when toggling Airplane mode on certain network settings*[7].
  • Fixed issue that disabled calling features on certain devices or networks under certain conditions*[1].

sensors

  • General improvements to sensor stability and response under certain conditions*[2].
  • General improvements to Quick Tap response and performance*[2].
  • General improvements for auto-rotation responsiveness on certain device orientations*[4].
  • General improvements to adaptive brightness response under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue that prevented lift to wake and double tap to wake under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fixed issue that prevented the always-on display from turning on under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fixed issue causing unexpected haptics or vibrations under certain conditions*[1].

System

  • Kernel update to 4.9.279 for Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
  • Kernel update to 4.14.243 for Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a.
  • Kernel update to 4.19.202 for Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a (5G).
  • General improvements to system stability and performance*[7]
  • Fix for issue causing device to freeze after sleeping while charging under certain conditions*[1].
  • Fixed issue that occasionally prevents OTA updates from installing*[7].

User interface

  • Add Material You dynamic theme support for device boot animation*[7].
  • Improvements for Internet Tile in Quick Settings*[7].
  • Improvements to Quick Settings layout on certain device orientations*[7].
  • Fixed issue where screen would stay on during wireless charging*[5].
  • Fixed issue that caused the Game Control Panel icon to display over the lock screen*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing incorrect colors or themes to be displayed in quick settings under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing lock screen icons to display in notification shade under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing notification history and clear all buttons to occasionally display incorrectly*[7].
  • Fix for issue causing app media controls to persist on notification shade under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing persistent call notification under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fix for issue causing the Disable Apps button to work persistently in the app drawer*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing screen to flicker after locking or unlocking the device under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing settings to fail in the Conversations menu under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue where the Game Dashboard button could not be dismissed during gameplay under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue causing the app drawer to scroll to the top after clearing the search query *[7].
  • Fixed issue causing certain home screen icons to appear misaligned under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue allowing quick setting buttons to be touched from the home screen under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fix for issue with hiding date or time in Quick Settings under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fix for issue that would occasionally cause a blank background on the home screen after setting the wallpaper *[7].
  • Fixed issue that would occasionally cause Quick Settings to drop down after unlocking the device*[7].
  • Fix for issue that would occasionally cause UI elements to display with transparent backgrounds*[7].
  • Fix for issue that occasionally shows work profile badge icon in apps or personal contacts*[7].
  • Fixed issue preventing chat bubble from being dismissed under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fixed issue preventing search results from displaying in Settings under certain conditions*[7].
  • Fix for occasional screen flicker on notification shade when dragging from top of screen*[7].
  • Fix for occasional flickering when quickly switching between apps under certain conditions*[7].

Wifi

  • General improvements to Wi-Fi stability and performance*[7].
  • Fixed issue that would occasionally disconnect the device from Wi-Fi under certain conditions*[1].

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