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Pixel April Patch: Security, Camera Enhancements, and Pixel Watch Updates

Pixel April Patch: Security, Camera Enhancements, and Pixel Watch Updates
Pixel April Patch: Security, Camera Enhancements, and Pixel Watch Updates

Pixel April Update Rolls Out

Google has commenced the rollout of its April security update for Pixel devices, including the Pixel Tablet. The update addresses 25 security vulnerabilities specific to Pixel phones.

Pixel Phone Enhancements

In addition to security fixes, the update introduces several improvements for Pixel users:

  • Biometrics: Resolves an issue causing a black screen to appear when unlocking the screen under certain conditions on the Pixel 5a 5G.

  • Camera:

    • Enhances camera stability when switching between zoom levels on Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a, 7, 7 Pro, 7a, 8, 8 Pro, and Fold devices.
    • Fixes a black halo artifact issue in the viewfinder when transitioning from photo to video mode at 1x zoom on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro.
    • Addresses an issue preventing users from re-exposing images after tapping anywhere on the viewfinder on Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a, 7, 7 Pro, 7a, 8, 8 Pro, and Fold devices.

Pixel Watch Updates

The Pixel Watch and Pixel Watch 2 also receive the April update, bringing bug fixes and performance improvements:

  • Vibration Watch: The watch's haptics now play the current time when users gesture on the watch face.

  • Auto-brightness: The auto-brightness settings screen has been enhanced to make it easier for users to perceive the difference when switching between brightness levels.

Update Availability

Pixel devices running Android 14 should now be receiving the April update. The rollout will continue over the next few days, depending on carrier and device. Pixel Watch users will receive a notification when the update is available for their device.

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