Google has released a mysterious update for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro that appears to be aimed at fixing a well-documented fingerprint sensor issue.
Big G only released its latest security update for its latest flagship phones at the end of October, and the next should be in December, so this mid-term update is more than unexpected.
Even more puzzling, Google hasn’t provided any explanation or changelog for this latest Pixel 6 update. The fact that the build number has increased by one digit from SD1A.210817.036 to SD1A.210817.037 suggests that this is a minor change.
Fortunately, some clarification seems to have been obtained through the courtesy of Verizon… According to the US mainstream mobile network, this discreet update to the Pixel 6 “improves the performance of your device’s fingerprint sensor.”
This is due to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro issue that many have complained about. Since launch, early adopters have reported that phones are particularly slow to unlock using the provided biometric authentication system.
However, Google initially blamed the perceived sluggishness on “improved security algorithms,” suggesting that no fixes or improvements might appear. This quiet update, coupled with clarifications from Verizon, suggests that something had to be done about it after all.
While they were generally well received (including by us), the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have not been without issues since launch. Apart from the aforementioned issue with the fingerprint sensor, there is also the issue of display flickering when the phone is off.
Google has already acknowledged this latest issue and has promised to fix it with a software update in December.