Hopefully provide a much more stable experience
The Pixel 6 may have won the hearts of many writers here at Android Police – not to mention our coveted Phone of the Year award – but it’s had a rough few months. After a buggy launch and a software delay, the December patch arrived last month with a ton of fixes in tow. Unfortunately, this also interrupted cell reception on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, causing reduced signal strength for users around the world before Google finally pulled the plug. If you’ve been patiently waiting for a January update to finally fix these issues, we finally have our first hints of when it’s coming.
Canadian carrier Fido – a Rogers-owned company – maintains a spreadsheet for upcoming and planned updates to all of its supported phones. At the top of the list after today’s update is the Pixel 6, with the January security patch and all of its various fixes slated for January 17th. If that date is accurate, Monday might bring some relief to all those beleaguered Pixel owners still stuck on the November patch.
As with any planned carrier launch, you should take this with a grain of salt. While a Monday launch fits Google’s “end of January” calendar perfectly, it’s also a holiday in the US – an odd time for a US-based company to launch a major update. However, this last clue Is it that seem to bode well for some sort of release next week, even if it’s not exactly the 17th.
Google is under a lot of pressure to deliver this patch to users – and, more importantly, to get it right. Even by the standards of a Pixel launch, this latest version is small cart, and it was bad enough to scare off some prominent users. Just this week, YouTuber MKBHD made it clear on Twitter that he was back to an S21 until his next review. That’s a bad look for Google, especially coming from someone with a following its size.
With January 17 just a few days away, it won’t be long to find out whether or not this is a definite launch date. So if you’ve had headache after headache following an upgrade to the Pixel 6, breathe a sigh of relief. Your struggles could finally be coming to an end.
UPDATED: 1/14/2022 3:15 PM EST BY WILL SATTELBERG
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