Google’s January 2022 Pixel security update is now live

Google seems to be in the process of releasing a long-awaited update for Pixel 6 phones. Earlier today, Android expert Mishaal Rahman commented: that Google posted OTA and factory images to the developer site for the January 2022 patch. That means anyone can now sideload the update to their Pixel phone, and have the official over-the-air update already started rolling out to some devices (including some owned by) roadside staff).

Using the phone’s built-in checker can 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 fast charging with the second-generation Pixel Stand.

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

With the images public and a Canadian telecom company stating Monday, January 17th for release, we thought the patch would arrive next week, but it’s already here. That’s not too early for folks who bought the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro and expected to 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.

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