Google has released a mysterious update for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which appears to be aimed at addressing the well-documented fingerprint sensor issue.
The big G didn’t roll out its last security update for its latest flagship phones until the end of October, and the next one is slated for December, so this mid-term update is over. ‘a little unexpected.
Even more mysteriously, Google didn’t provide any explanation or changelog for this latest Pixel 6 update. The fact that the build number increased by a single digit from SD1A.210817.036 to SD1A.210817.037 suggests that this is a minor adjustment.
Fortunately, some clarifications seem to have come about thanks to Verizon. According to the main US mobile network, this stealthy update to the Pixel 6 “improves the performance of your device’s fingerprint sensor.”
This relates to a much-criticized issue with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Since launch, early adopters have reported that phones unlock particularly slowly using the supplied biometric authentication system.
However, Google initially blamed “improved security algorithms” for the perceived slowness, which suggested that a fix or improvement might not be made. This low-key update, along with the clarification from Verizon, suggests that there was something to be done after all.
While they’ve been generally well received (including by us), the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro haven’t been without issues since launch. Besides the aforementioned fingerprint sensor issue, there is also a display flickering issue when the phone is powered off.
Google has already acknowledged the latter issue and promised to fix it with a software update in December.