December 1, 2022
Google releases the first patch for Pixel smartphones running Android 13


Google has begun the rollout of its first Android 13 patch to fix known issues affecting a number of Pixel smartphones. Android 13 was made available for Pixel smartphones a few weeks back and it brought several performance improvements, new features and some visual changes. However, things haven’t gone smoothly with some owners reporting battery drain issues and others complaining of broken wireless charging. The Android 13 update is currently available for the Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 6a in India.

The new patch is currently rolling out to all supported Pixel devices running Android 13. This will include Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. , Pixel 6a, which was recently launched in India, is also on the list but will get its update later this month, according to the official blog post,

The September 2022 update packs a lot of bug fixes and improvements for Pixel users. Most of these fixes are for battery and charging related issues that many Pixel users have been facing since upgrading to Android 13. Part of the increased battery drain was apparently related to the launcher, which quit running some activities in the background. In addition to fixing the former, the patch also fixes issues that prevented wireless charging mode from activating on all Pixel devices that originally came with the feature.

Pixel 6a owners will be happy to know that the patch brings improvements to fingerprint recognition and response, which according to Google didn’t work “in certain situations”. There’s also a Bluetooth fix that prevented Pixel smartphones from connecting to certain devices or accessories. And finally, the patch also fixes an issue with notifications sometimes appearing small on the lock screen.

The bug-fixing patches for old and current Pixel devices have arrived ahead of the launch of Google’s next series of Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, which is set to take place on October 6. Google has also confirmed that it will launch the Pixel Watch at the same event. The products were first showcased at Google’s I/O 2022 event in May. Google is expected to announce new Nest Home smart products at its upcoming event.


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