Today is the first Monday of the month, and that can only mean one thing: an Android update from Google. Just in time, the company released the April update for the Pixel smartphones it still supports, and for the first time, the latest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are getting a monthly update at the same time. than the others combined. No more delays for the latest Pixels.
Hopefully that’s a good sign, meaning there will be fewer bugs in the software versions of the 6 and 6 Pro as well, but that remains to be seen. For now, what’s clear is that this April update fixes a ton of high-risk security vulnerabilities, so you should install it as soon as it appears on your phone. This, however, can take days (or even weeks) because this is Google and Google likes to plan its rollouts to the extreme.
Apart from security fixes, the update also contains other improvements for Pixels. Wireless charging performance “with some accessories” (unnamed) should be better, while the front camera preview will no longer appear zoomed “in some apps”, and a green screen that sometimes appeared in the preview from the camera also disappeared. These only apply to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
The rest of the improvements are for all pixels which are still supported. Here’s what’s been fixed: a crash in the system UI when using apps in Picture-in-Picture mode; an issue causing an error message to appear when setting a live wallpaper; an issue causing the notification shade and quick settings to appear invisible after changing the wallpaper; An issue causing animations to sometimes display incorrectly when canceling an app drawer search. an issue sometimes preventing navigation in the presentation screen when TalkBack is active; and an issue that sometimes prevented the Recents button from displaying the overview when using three-button navigation with third-party launchers.
The new build number is identified as SP2A.220405.004 for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and SP2A.220405.003 for all other devices.