Google’s Pixel updates for April are here. This is not one of the major update features (which was last month), but device owners can look forward to the latest security updates and a handful of fixes and improvements. This time around, Google specifically calls improved image quality in some third-party apps and even performance improvements for games on Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, plus a handful of solutions that fix issues on multiple Pixel models, including one that goes back to a missing Feature Drop- function in December.
So-called “functional patch notes” that describe changes for Pixels in this update.
Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 owners can appreciate this update, which promises better camera quality in specific third-party apps and which sounds like improved gaming performance. Other freezing solutions during startup and a problem with devices that look offline while connected to a VPN are also included for more Pixel devices – we have not heard of any of them, so I can not tell you too much about them.
The solution for missing home network settings calls back to a problem we reported on in January, where a handful of pixels did not have the new custom network size options that trickled down to older pixels as part of the December 2020 crash. It was not the biggest feature, but Google specifically called it a new customization option for Pixel owners with older devices, and it was very difficult that it did not work for everyone.
According to yooj, the very latest security updates from April 2021 are included in this update, including more “High” and “Critical” severity, although Pixel-specific vulnerabilities this month are few. Building numbers right now match the Pixel series: RQ2A.210405.005.
People with a Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a 5G on Verizon may see a delay for this update. As of now, factory and OTA images have only been published for other operators, especially exclusive big red for the two phones, and this may also extend to the more traditional rollout of the update.
On that note, the update should start landing on Pixel devices still in the support window within the next hour or two – that’s the Pixel 3 series, Pixel 3a series, Pixel 4 series, Pixel 4a series and Pixel 5 – but the impatient can sideload it manually.