December security patch is now rolling out to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

December security patch is now rolling out to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones

After being delayed for a week, Google is finally rolling out the Android 12 December security patch for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones.

This big update does not only bring in the Pixel Feature Drop goodness, but it also the bug fixes from the initial release of the Android 12.

If you are one of those users who have been complaining of the bugs from the first update release, then you might want to get this update right away.

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Google rolls out big December security patch to Pixel 6 series users, a week delay

Better late than never. It is unclear why the December security patch was delayed for a week. But it is safe to say that it is finally here –– with big improvements.

Google is finally rolling out its most noteworthy software update since the company released the phones back in October. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users are now receiving the December security patch update.

Last week, the company detailed a long list of bug fixes and improvements that are expected in the December update. And many users took to Reddit to report that indeed, both devices have started getting the update.

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Google rolls out big December security patch to Pixel 6 series users, a week delay
Google rolls out big December security patch to Pixel 6 series users, a week delay

Older Pixel phones already started receiving the update last week, however, Google needed a bit more time for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro versions because of the many improvements directed directly at its latest flagship phones.

Suffice to say that Google is continuing to further polish and enhance Android 12 with this update to deliver a more seamless user experience.

One of its most highlighted improvements is to the fingerprint sensor, to which Google emphasizes, “general improvements for fingerprint sensor stability and performance.”

Also read: Why is Pixel 6’s fingerprint scanner slow? Google explains why.

In addition to that are a couple of enhancements to the camera that are specific to the Pixel 6 series, which you can find below:

  • General image quality improvements in camera preview / capture
  • General improvements for camera stability and performance
  • General improvements for auto-focus response in certain capture modes
  • General improvements for color consistency in viewfinder preview
  • Fix for issue causing blank viewfinder preview in certain conditions

Unfortunately, there was no mention of reducing the amount of noise in videos captured on the Pixel 6 Pro series. That issue might take more time to iron out.

The update has different builds that will vary depending on your carrier and country. For most our readers, you will see SQ1D.211205.017 as the US carrier build. On the other hand, other builds are SQ1D.211205.016.A1 (Canada and TW) and SQ1D.211205.016.A4 (EMEA carriers).

More bug fixes…

Not only that, the December update also includes more fixes including the screen flickering and more. Issues in the audio, battery, Bluetooth, framework, and more were also addressed.

You ca find the full list of fixes and improvements below:

Apps

  • Fix for issue causing Assistant to unintentionally start a phone call in certain conditions.
  • Fix for stuck or frozen app UI in certain conditions.

Audio

  • General fixes & improvements for audio playback issues in certain apps.
  • Fix for issue causing audio noise in videos captured while using certain phone cases.
  • Fix for issue causing microphone to cut out during calls in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing occasional audio glitch when adjusting volume levels.
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing audio playback from speaker in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue preventing Now Playing to search for unrecognized music.

Battery & Power

  • Additional improvements for battery charging information shown in notification shade.
  • General improvements for battery & thermal performance in certain conditions.
  • General improvements for wireless charging in certain conditions.
  • Improvements for alignment detection on Pixel Stand in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issues occasionally causing incorrect Battery usage accounting to display in Settings.

Biometrics

  • General improvements for fingerprint sensor stability & performance.
  • Additional fixes for issues preventing enrollment of new fingerprints in certain conditions.

Bluetooth

  • Fix for distorted audio over Bluetooth in certain scenarios.
  • Fix for issue causing Bluetooth to turn on after disabling in certain conditions.
  • Fix for volume adjustment issues with certain Bluetooth audio devices.

Display & Graphics

  • Enable ANGLE graphics support library for certain apps and games.
  • Add additional example images for display color options in Settings.
  • General improvements to keep the screen on after multiple manual wakes.
  • General improvements for Adaptive brightness response in certain conditions.
  • Fix for occasional screen flicker during brightness adjustment.
  • Fix for issue preventing Smooth Display to switch display refresh rate in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing screen flicker after locking or unlocking device in certain conditions.
  • Fix for occasional white screen flash after display goes to sleep.

Framework

  • Fix for issue causing app icons to display as pending downloads after installation completes.
  • Fix for issue causing Play store app installation to pause indefinitely in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing Work Profile setup to complete in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue preventing all settings or apps to be restored from backup during setup in certain conditions.

Media

  • Fix for issue causing system crash during media playback in certain conditions.

Network & Telephony

  • General improvements for network connection stability & performance.
  • Fix for crash in Settings when toggling Airplane mode on certain network configurations.
  • Fix for issue that disabled call features on certain devices or networks in certain conditions.

Sensors

  • General improvements for sensor stability & response in certain conditions.
  • General improvements for Quick Tap response & performance.
  • General improvements for Auto-rotate response in certain device orientations.
  • General improvements for Adaptive brightness response in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue preventing lift to wake and double tap to wake in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue preventing Always-on-display from turning on in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing unexpected haptics or vibration in certain conditions.

System

  • Kernel update to 4.9.279 for Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL.
  • Kernel update to 4.14.243 for Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL & Pixel 4a.
  • Kernel update to 4.19.202 for Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5 & Pixel 5a (5G). 
  • General improvements for system stability & performance.
  • Fix for issue causing device to freeze after sleeping while charging in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing OTA updates to install.

User Interface

  • Add Material You dynamic theming support for the device boot animation.
  • Improvements for Internet tile in Quick Settings.
  • Improvements for Quick Settings layout in certain device orientations.
  • Fix for issue causing display to stay on during wireless charging.
  • Fix for issue causing Game Dashboard icon to display over lock screen.
  • Fix for issue causing incorrect colors or theme to display in Quick Settings in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing lock screen icons to display in notification shade in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing notification History & Clear all buttons to occasionally display incorrectly.
  • Fix for issue causing persistent app media controls in notification shade in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing persistent call notification in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing persistent Turn off work apps button in app drawer.
  • Fix for issue causing screen flicker after locking or unlocking device in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing Settings to crash in Conversations menu in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing undismissable Game Dashboard button during gameplay in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing app drawer to scroll to the top after clearing search query.
  • Fix for issue causing certain home screen icons to appear misaligned in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue enabling Quick Settings toggles to be tapped from home screen in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue hiding date or time in Quick Settings in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing blank background on home screen after setting wallpaper.
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing Quick Settings to pull down after unlocking device.
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing UI elements to display with transparent backgrounds.
  • Fix for issue occasionally displaying Work Profile badge icon on personal apps or contacts.
  • Fix for issue preventing conversation bubble to be dismissed in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue preventing search results to display in Settings in certain conditions.
  • Fix for occasional screen flicker in notification shade when dragging from top of screen.
  • Fix for occasional flickering when quickly switching between apps in certain conditions.

Wi-Fi

  • General improvements for Wi-Fi stability & performance.
  • Fix for issue that would occasionally disconnect device from Wi-Fi in certain conditions.

The update is now available

As already mentioned, this update is one of the biggest update Google has rolled out to the Pixel 6 Pro series (as you can see in the full list above).

Again, the update is rolling out today to both devices. It should be installed to your phone automatically, if not, you can go to your phone Settings and check for any updates.

Now, we will have to see whether the general performance of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro has gotten quicker after installing the update. Let us know your experience below!

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    1. Hi there! The update will not cost you anything. It will come to you system-based, check on your Settings if there are pending updates. Thank you.

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