Google’s January 2022 Pixel security update is now live

Google is in the process of rolling out a long-awaited update for Pixel 6 phones. Today, Android expert Mishaal Rahman noted that Google posted OTA and factory images on its developer site for the January 2022 patch. That means anyone can download the update for their Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro now, and the official over-the-air update has already arrived on some devices (including some owned by Edge personal).

In an email, Google confirmed that the rollout has begun and the software will automatically roll out over the next week, depending on your device and wireless carrier.

Using the phones built-in checker can start the process now, and if it doesn’t, sideloading is still an option. However, waiting for the regular release rather than doing a manual install may be the best way to go, given the issues caused by the December update.

This patch includes numerous bug fixes and some new features that Pixel 6 owners have been eagerly awaiting. It’s supposed to fit the fingerprint sensor, camera, and support 23W wireless charging with the second-gen Pixel Stand. On the Pixel 6 Pro, you can use its ultra-wideband chip for digital car key access to compatible BMWs. This update also adds the “Quick Tap to Snap” integration that Google and Snapchat touted during the device launch event and new bass controls for the Pixel Buds A-Series.

Google originally intended to ship those features in the December update, but stopped and eventually removed the files from its site when users complained of connectivity issues after installing the patch. Google says the January update fixes those bugs and includes the fixes from the December update to address the bugs they’ve caused. at least one known Pixel 6 user to get rid of the phone completely.

With the images public and a Canadian telecommunications company quoting Monday, January 17 for the release, we thought the patch would arrive next week, but it’s already here. That’s not too soon for people who bought the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro and were hoping to get a premium device. While the hardware is truly flagship-level, the software experience hasn’t always been smooth.

Update January 14, 4:30 pm ET: Updated to reflect that the update is rolling out now.

Update January 14, 4:55 pm ET: Updated to note Google’s confirmation of the update, including December and January changes.

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