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Google’s January 2022 Pixel security update is now live

Google is in the process of releasing a long-awaited update for Pixel 6 phones. Earlier today, Android expert Mishaal Rahman commented: that Google has put OTA and factory images on its developer site for the January 2022 patch. That means anyone can now sideload the update to their Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, and have the official over-the-air update already arrived on some devices (including some owned by) roadside staff).

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

Using the phone’s built-in checker can now start the process, and if not, sideloading is still an option. However, waiting for the normal rollout rather than doing a manual install might be the best course of action given the issues caused by the December update.

This patch contains numerous bug fixes and a few new features that Pixel 6 owners have been eagerly waiting for. It should tweak the fingerprint sensor and camera, and support 23W wireless charging with the second-generation Pixel Stand. On the Pixel 6 Pro, you can use the 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 praised during the device launch and new bass controls for the Pixel Buds A-Series.

Google originally planned to ship those features in the December update, but eventually stopped and removed the files from its site when users complained of connectivity issues after installing the patch. Google says the January update includes fixes for those bugs and includes the December update fixes to address bugs that at least one known Pixel 6 user to ditch the phone altogether.

With the images public and a Canadian telecom company citing Monday, January 17th for its release, we thought the patch would arrive next week, but it’s already here. That’s not too early for folks who bought and expected the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro. get a premium device. While the hardware is truly flagship level, the software experience has not always been smooth.

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

Update January 14, 4:55 PM ET: Updated to note Google’s confirmation of the update and that it includes both the December and January changes.