Google has started rolling out an incremental update for its latest Pixel phones, the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a. This is a minor additional update that fixes a known GPS location issue. As it is rolling out in batches, it will take a few days for the update to reach all users. Let’s find out what’s new in the August update of Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a.
The August 2022 Update will arrive in a week or two for all eligible Pixel phones, including the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a series. So no Android security patch update yet.
The new incremental update is rolling out to the unlocked and carrier-locked versions of Pixel 6, Pixel 6 pro, and Pixel 6a. And the software version number is different for different regions and models. Speaking of carrier-locked phones, the new incremental update is available for locked SoftBank, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile models.
Since this is a minor update, it doesn’t add much in terms of changes. According to the official community post, the new update comes with a fix for GPS location failure under certain conditions. So, if you are having a GPS related issue, this update should fix the issue.
The new Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a OTA update is rolling out in batches. This indicates that it may take a few days to roll out to everyone. So if you haven’t received the update yet, you should get it in the next few days. So keep manually checking for updates in the settings.
This is the second additional update for the Pixel 6a. The Pixel 6a was released just a week ago and has several bugs including a major security bug related to the fingerprint scanner. It looks like the Pixel 6a is following in the footsteps of the Pixel 6 series, which also had major fingerprint-related software issues. A controversial bug is that Pixel 6a users can open the phone lock with unregistered fingers.
But unfortunately, this update does not say anything about it. So it seems that Google has not yet solved the problem. The issue doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s a significant bug nonetheless. So, if you are having fingerprint issues on your Pixel 6a, I suggest resetting Fingerprint Lock to see if that fixes the problem for you.
Google’s new plan to eclipse the competition
In 2021, Google’s hardware division kicked into high gear by introducing the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Besides the fact that these two devices were real top of the range, they also stand out thanks to their processor, the Google Tensor chip. Instead of using a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, Google opted for an internally developed component that better meets its artificial intelligence needs.
And this year, the firm should ride on the success of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Normally, in October, it will organize an event to present its new high-end devices, the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro.
Pixel NotePad and Pixel 7 Ultra in preparation?
But in addition to these two models, whose design has already been presented by Google at its I/O conference in May, two other smartphones are in the pipeline. And according to rumors, the company is preparing to launch a full range to better compete with Samsung, the world number one.
According to information circulating on the web, Google’s folding smartphone would be closer to Oppo’s Find N than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3, with a screen that will be in landscape format when unfolded. The diagonal of this foldable screen would be 5.85 inches. And on the back, we would have the same combination of photo sensors as on the Pixel 5: 12.2 megapixels + 16 megapixels.
In addition to this folding smartphone, Foxconn would also produce another Google smartphone, whose name would be Pixel 7 Ultra. In essence, it would be an ultra high-end device, positioned as a competitor to the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the future iPhone 14 Pro Max, with an even more advanced technical sheet than that of the Pixel 7 Pro. This Pixel 7 Ultra would have a 2K screen, in ceramic design, and a camera whose main sensor could have a resolution of 100 megapixels.
Google may not have presented everything yet
As a reminder, during the Google I/O conference in May, the firm presented the Pixel 6a, which is already available, but it also teased the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel Watch , as well as a new tablet.
But today, many elements suggest that Google has some surprises in store. Previously, the analysis of the code of an application intended for Pixels revealed references to the future folding smartphone from Google. And a mysterious fourth smartphone, which could well be the Pixel 7 Ultra, has also started to make waves.
Google Pixel 7 Ultra and Pixel Fold: production would have started, imminent release?
Google is reportedly planning to expand its smartphone lineup with two new high-end phones. According to a leak, the brand will launch a Pixel Fold with a folding screen and a Pixel 7 Ultra very soon. The production of these two outsiders would have started in the factories of Foxconn.
According to rumors, Google secretly developed two high-end smartphones these last months. To accompany the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Hints of the phone’s existence appeared in code from the Android Open Source Program (AOSP) and the fourth beta version of Android 13.
In parallel, Google would also have designed the Pixel Fold, its first phone with a folding screen. Several leaks have come to attest to the existence of the project in recent years. But, according to the latest rumors, Google has postponed the launch several times. However, it is rumored that the Pixel Fold, which could also be called Pixel Notepad, will finally enter the market in the fall of 2022.
Google reportedly outsources production to Foxconn
The Chinese subcontractor, best known for assembling Apple iPhones, is currently producing the Pixel Fold and the Pixel 7 Ultra in its factories. It can be expected that the presentation of the two devices is imminent. Could the two flagships make their debut in the fall at the Pixel 7 conference? According to insider Jon Prosser, Google’s hardware conference would be held on October 6, 2022. The devices would hit stores starting October 13.
Similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Oppo’s Find N, the Pixel Fold would take the form of a folding smartphone convertible into a tablet. According to the leaks, it would be built arounda 7.6-inch folding 120Hz OLED display designed by Samsung. For its part, the Pixel 7 Ultra would be similar to its little brothers, the Pixel 7. More premium, it would however stand out thanks to a 2K screen, a ceramic shell and a 100 megapixel photo lens.
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