Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro & Pixel 6a new updates, bugs, issues, problems tracker [Cont. updated]

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The Pixel 6 lineup is one of the most exciting and powerful Google has had to offer in recent years. Unlike the previous generation of Pixel devices, this year’s devices are powered by an in-house developed SoC known as Tensor.

While it is still unclear which components come from Google itself, the new Titan M2 security chip and the TPU for AI operations are definitely designed by the tech giant.

This is accompanied by a fresh visual design that makes the Pixel devices more attractive. The Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch 90Hz display whereas its bigger cousin, the Pixel 6 Pro sports a 6.7-inch 120Hz display that is sure to turn heads.

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Pixel 6 Pro

According to Google, the in-house developed Tensor SoC is 80% faster compared to the CPU on the Pixel 5 whereas the GPU will provide a whopping 370% increase in performance.

The addition of the in-house SoC also means that Google can optimize the CPU better just like Apple did on the iPhone. Also, it looks like Google is trying to distinguish the Pixel 6 Pro from the Pixel 6, with the former no longer just a larger screen variant of the Pixel 6.

Apart from the price difference, the Pixel 6 Pro sports more RAM and an additional 48MP telephoto lens. Moreover, the Pixel 6 Pro storage options go up to 512GB compared to the Pixel 6’s 256GB.

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The Mountain-View-based tech giant also made it clear that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro won’t be coming to India because of ‘global demand supply issues.’

We want to remind you that neither the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 5 made it to the Indian smartphone market either. Google recently started pre-orders for the device on the Google Store, which was plagued by a number of issues ranging from shipping time delays to the Store crashing altogether.

Many also said that they were unable to make the purchase even though they had the device in their cart.

The Pixel 6 series will ship with Android 12 out of the box. With all that in mind, we will be tracking all the software updates, including security patches and bug fixes, coming to the Pixel 6 series in this section.

Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
Oct. 27 SD1A.210817.036 Global Released
Nov. 02 SD1A.210817.036 Global Released
Nov. 04 Android 12L Developer Preview Global Coming soon
Nov. 17 SD1A.210817.037.A1 Verizon Released 1, 2
Nov. 17 SD1A.210817.037 Global Released
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
Dec. 14 SQ1D.211205.016.A1 Canada Released
Dec. 14 SQ1D.211205.016.A4 UK Released
Jan. 06 December patch Global Delisted
Jan. 07 January patch Global Expected by Jan-end
Jan. 15 SQ1D.220105.007 Global Released
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
Feb. 08 SQ1D.220205.003 Global Released
Feb. 18 SQ1D.220205.004 Global Released
Feb. 22 March 2022 patch Global Expected by March 07
Mar. 10 Android 12 QPR3 beta 1 Global Released
Mar. 22 Android 12L/March update Global Released
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
Apr. 05 April 2022 update Global Released
Apr. 06 April 2022 update Verizon (US) Released (1, 2)
Apr. 08 Android 12 QPR beta 2 Global Released
Apr. 27 Global Android 13 beta 1
May 3 SP2A.220505.002 Global May 2022 patch
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
May 4 SP2A.220505.002 US (Verizon) (1, 2) May 2022 patch
May 5 S3B1.220420.005 Global Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3
May 12 Global Android 13 beta 2
May 27 Global Android 13 beta 2.1
June 7 SQ3A.220605.009.B1 Global June update + stable Android 12L QPR3
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
June 9 Global Android 13 beta 3
June 10 SQ3A.220605.009.A1 Verizon (US) (1, 2) June 2022 update
July 7 SQ3A.220705.003 Global July 2022 update
July 14 Global Android 13 beta 4
August 2 SQ3A.220705.003.A3 Verizon (USA) July 2022 update
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
August 5 SQ3A.220705.004 Global Fix for GPS location failure
August 5 SQ3A.220705.001.B2 EMEA Fix for GPS location failure
August 5 SQ3A.220705.004.A1 Japan (Softbank) Fix for GPS location failure
August 5 SQ3A.220705.003.A3 Verizon (USA) Fix for GPS location failure
August 5 SQ3A.220705.004 T-Mobile & AT&T (USA) Fix for GPS location failure

In the tables below, we’ll be tracking all the software updates for the Google Pixel 6a.

Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
July 29 SD2A.220601.003 Global (Unlocked) June 2022 patch
July 29 SD2A.220601.001.A1 Japan June 2022 patch
July 29 SD2A.220601.002 AT&T & T-Mobile (USA) June 2022 patch
July 29 SD2A.220601.004 Verizon (USA) June 2022 patch
August 2 Global Android 13 beta
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / User reports
August 5 SD2A.220601.003.B1 Global/EMEA Fix for GPS location failure
August 5 SD2A.220601.001.B1 Japan (Softbank) Fix for GPS location failure
August 5 SD2A.220601.004.B2 Verizon (USA) Fix for GPS location failure
August 5 SD2A.220601.002.B1 T-Mobile & AT&T (USA) Fix for GPS location failure

Like every Pixel series smartphone, this year’s lineup might also have some software or hardware issues. We will be keeping an eye out for bugs and issues with the Pixel 6 lineup and regularly updating this tracker so you don’t have to.

Info. last updated on Bug description Status
June 7 Inconsistent and slow Fingerprint scanner Fixed
Oct. 29 Nova Launcher keeps crashing Workaround
Oct. 30 Google Assistant voice typing option greyed out on Gboard app Workaround
Oct. 30 Pixel Buds A-Series promo code not working error Workaround
March 22 Noisy viewfinder while using cameras Fix released
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
Nov. 8 Messing with Pixel 6 animations can cause Always On Display issues Workaround
May 3 Pixel 6 screen automatically turning on Fixed
March 08 Pixel 6 Wi-Fi constantly turning off Fix coming towards March-end
Nov. 9 Chrome won’t update Workaround
Dec. 04 Can’t open battery settings Workarounds (1, 2)
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
March 22 Telegram app stuck at 60Hz Fix released
March 22 Pixel 6 Pro ‘display residual light’ flickering issue Fix released
November 03 Missing ‘Quick Phrases’ option in Google Assistant Workaround
November 03 Missing ‘Vibrate mode’ icon in status bar Unacknowledged
December 10 Bluetooth audio playback occasionally pausing on YouTube, Spotify & other apps Fixed
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
November 05 Android Auto doesn’t appear on App launcher Expected behavior
November 06 Accidentally calling random contacts Fixed
December 10 Unlocked Verizon Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6 units not getting OTA update Fixed
March 07 Constantly PIN required or ‘Device was locked manually’ notification Potential workaround
November 12 Missing 2FA sign-in prompts on Pixel devices Workarounds
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
December 10 Cannot turn off Game Dashboard toggle Fixed
November 09 Some Google Pixel 6 units can be unlocked with other people’s fingerprints Comes to light
November 10 Fingerprint enrollment failure issue Assigned for investigation
November 09 No quick mute option on screen when pressing volume keys Comes to light
March 29 Missing face unlock feature Potential to be added
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
November 13 Stutters when switching apps or scrolling Unacknowledged
November 16 Magic Eraser missing after Photos update Fixed
March 28 Auto-brightness eratic and inconsistent Workaround
November 18 Pixel 6 Pro not charging at 30W Explained
June 24 Mobile network keeps dropping Fix allegedly in works
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
November 19 Transparent or blurred notification shade caused by a bug Unacknowledged
November 20 H.264 streaming not working with Chrome Fixed
December 14 Microphone or speaker not working properly Fixed
November 22 USB OTG camera feature not working properly Unacknowledged
November 30 HSBC banking app not working Fixed
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
December 10 Quick tap not working Improvement update
November 24 Alarm not snoozing using volume buttons Unacknowledged
November 26 Binance app keeps crashing or lags on the Pixel 6 devices Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
March 28 Alleged overheating during normal use Workarounds
January 15 Hearing Aids Bluetooth connectivity issues Fix rolling out
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
April 14 Intermittent Bluetooth connection with cars and wireless headphones Persists with April patch
January 08 Third party chargers and cables not working Potential Explanation
July 4 Excessive battery drain with the mobile network on standby Escalated
December 10 Proximity sensor not working Improvement update
December 02 DJI Drone camera feed not working Fixed
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
March 28 Sony WF-1000XM4 Bluetooth issues with Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro Allegedly fixed
January 25 Randomly keeps disconnecting from Android Auto Under investigation
March 22 Rattling noises from camera module Fix released
March 31 Unable to listen to music using external DAC Fixed with Android 12L QPR3 Beta 1.1
December 20 GBoard voice messaging is duplicating text Unacknowledged
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
January 10 Screen cracking randomly Potential causes
January 15 Call Screen and Hold For Me disabled Fixed
December 23 Fingerprint scanner brightness is not adjustable Unacknowledged
December 24 Auto-rotate not working correctly Workaround
July 7 5G, VoWi-Fi, VoLTE issues in Europe VoLTE calling support
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
December 25 Constantly need to recalibrate compass (not working properly) Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3, 4)
January 18 Poor quality in front facing camera Allegedly acknowledged
December 27 Rear camera lens cracked or broken for some Unacknowledged
December 28 December patch still not available Sideloading guide
February 08 Accessibility Service freezes the system Persists after Feb. patch
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
December 31 System UI not responding Unacknowledged
February 04 App update stuck at pending Workaround
January 03 Estimated battery life not showing or disappeared Issue being looked into
January 05 IMEI not compatible with Cricket Wireless Network Fix allegedly coming
January 05 Screen goes black and unresponsive Unacknowledged
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
January 11 Botched update and security patch Reports
January 12 Chat features or RCS messaging not working when connected to VPN Acknowleged
January 15 Automatic extra missed call notification Fixed
January 15 Delayed notification issue Not fixed in January update
January 15 Call notifications not showing, constant ‘Send Feedback’ pop-up Unacknowleged
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
June 7 Crackling/popping sound on phone calls, launching apps/games or recording Fixed
Jan. 17 Green tint issue persists after January update on the Pixel 6 Unacknowledged
January 24 Phone randomly rebooting Being looked into
January 20 Always on Display stuck Persists after January patch
March 22 Not fully certified for Verizon C-Band Support rolling out
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
March 14 Fitbit app battery draining issue Possible explanation | Workaround
May 5 Camera app crashing and freezing Fixed
January 31 Screen freezing issue Workaround
January 27 Garmin app disconnecting and reconnecting randomly Unacknowledged
April 08 Wireless charging not working Persists with Android 12 QPR3 beta 2
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
January 27 Visual Voicemail not working on some carriers Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3)
March 11 Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Wi-Fi auto-connect issue persists after January update Allegedly fixed with QPR3 Beta 1 update
February 01 Call volume too loud even at the lowest setting Workaround
February 26 Fingerprint scanner dialog disappears when notification arrives Issue being looked into
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
January 31 Phone app not showing Bluetooth device names during calls Unacknowledged
January 31 Phone forgetting Bluetooth devices Unacknowledged
February 05 Magic Eraser crashing after Google Photos update Fix released
February 19 Voice-to-text not working Allegedly fixed
February 08 Display flickering (color shifting) when switching between 90Hz and 60Hz Workaround
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
March 08 Wifi toggle changes Bluetooth settings after February update Fix coming towards March-end
February 10 Google Photos saving images upside down Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3)
February 14 Vibration intensity too weak Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3)
April 8 Phones make a loud buzzing sound when placing calls Fixed
February 24 Alarm Say “Stop” pop-up persists on screen Workaround
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
July 25 Fingerprint sensor calibration tool not working Persists/Under Investigation
February 25 Users on February patch not getting Android 12L beta 3 Known issue
February 28 Users not receiving text messages Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3) | Workaround
March 03 Potential improvements for connectivity issue Google Play system March update
March 05 Google Pay payment executes even when device is locked Escalated
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
April 09 CVE-2022-0847, ‘Dirty Pipe’ exploit that could provide full control of your device to attackers Fixed in Android 12L beta 2
March 12 Updating from Android 13 DP1 to Android 12 QPR3 beta causes bootloops Fixed
March 21 360 videos flickering in GoPro Max Acknowledged
March 22 Battery widget missing after March update Potential Workaround
March 30 Snapchat Night Sight mode still missing or disappeared after March update Reportedly fixed
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
May 3 Vibration intensity too weak (haptic feedback reduced) Fixed
April 11 T-Mobile & AT&T users getting spam messages Known issue
April 12 Ringtones & other alert sounds randomly changes Unacknowledged
April 18 Calls automatically getting declined without even ringing Unacknowledged
April 23 ‘Tap to Wake’ function not working after Android 12L (Android 12.1) update Unacknowledged
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
May 17 Fingerprint scanner not working in AOD after updating to Android 13 beta 2 Workarounds
May 27 Typing in search bar results in blank list of suggestions Fixed
May 27 Device crashing and restarting when turning on hotspot Fixed
May 27 Users hearing call dialing sound during call Fixed
May 27 Device restarting when disconnecting from Android Auto Fixed
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
June 14 Overheating during summers Workaround
June 17 Users disabling 5G for multiple reasons Unacknowledged
July 7 Black spots or dead pixels appearing on screen Unacknowledged
July 12 Affected by Android zero-day vulnerability Unacknowledged
July 15 Pixel 6 Pro rebooting when connecting to Wi-Fi on Android 13 beta 4 Workaround
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
July 26 Fingerprint scanner faulty and unlocks device with unregistered fingers Unacknowledged
Aug. 4 Overheating issues Unacknowledged
Aug. 8 Touchscreen senstivity issue Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3)

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