As a self-proclaimed tech nerd, i love getting early access to apps, tools, games, or anything tech-related. There’s something really special about experiencing things before the rest of the world.

However, a couple of recent events have filled me with never-ending jealousy. Last month, a very lucky Google Pixel 5 owner received the April security patch about 11 days before everyone else.

This incident was covered by major publications like Android Police and left some users shocked and confused. It seems that the luck gods have decided to bless the owner once again.

Pixel 5 March 2023 patch update arrives early

The same person claims to have received a new update with the build number TQ2A.230505.003. After installing it, the Pixel 5 owner confirmed that this was indeed the upcoming May 2023 patch.


As the original poster only had a limited amount of time to play with the new update, they weren’t able to provide much information about the changes and improvements.

However, they did confirm that the phone feels extremely fast after the patch.

I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Phone feels extremely fast.

While all of this is fascinating for sure, some are wondering why this particular Pixel 5 owner is getting the special treatment from Google. Luckily, a redditor has offered a potential explanation.

Here’s the potential reason

It seems that the user’s phone has been mistakenly added to some dogfooding whitelist that is meant only for internal Google testers. This is why they are receiving updates before everyone else.


This sounds like the most believable reason for this “issue” (blessing) at the moment. While we are not sure if the Pixel 5 owner in question wants this to be fixed or not, let’s hope Google looks into the matter.

We’ll keep an eye on this issue and update this story to reflect noteworthy developments.

Note: You can also checkout our Google Pixel Android 13 update rollout, bugs & issues tracker.

PiunikaWeb started as purely an investigative tech journalism website with main focus on ‘breaking’ or ‘exclusive’ news. In no time, our stories got picked up by the likes of Forbes, Foxnews, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Verge, Macrumors, and many others. Want to know more about us? Head here.

Jaspreet Singh
119 Posts

I have always been passionate about smartphones, cameras, computers and basically everything technology related. Writing content for PW allows me to express that nerd inside me and talk about things i love.

Next article View Article

[Updated] Instagram crashing on all Android phones, but there are workarounds

Here's the crux of the article in video form: New updates are being added at the bottom of this story……. Original story from (June 5, 2018) follows: We're...
Jul 10, 2023 6 Min Read