Google has started rolling out its first Android 13 patch, which is designed to address known issues affecting many Pixel smartphones. Android 13 was made available for Pixel smartphones a few weeks ago and brought several performance improvements, new features and some visual changes. Things haven’t been smooth sailing, however, with some owners complaining of battery drain issues and others complaining of broken wireless charging. Android 13 update is currently available for Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 6a in India.
The new patch is currently rolling out to all supported Pixel devices currently 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. The Pixel 6awhich recently launched in India is also on the list, but will be updated later this month, according to an official blog post.
The September 2022 update contains many bug fixes and improvements for Pixel users. Most of these fixes are related to battery and charging issues that several Pixel users were experiencing after updating to Android 13. Part of the increased battery drain was apparently related to the launcher leaving some activities in the background. In addition to fixing the former, the patch also fixes issues that prevented wireless charging mode from being activated on all Pixel devices that primarily shipped with the feature.
Pixel 6a owners will be happy to know that the patch brings improvements to fingerprint recognition and responsiveness, which Google says don’t work “under certain conditions.” There’s also a Bluetooth fix that prevented Pixel smartphones from connecting to certain devices or accessories. Finally, the patch also fixes an issue with notifications sometimes appearing clipped on the lock screen.
The bug fix patch for old and modern Pixel devices comes ahead of Google’s launch of the next Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphone series, which was planned will take place on October 6. Google also confirmed that it will launch Pixel Watch at the same event. The products were first introduced in Google I/O 2022 event in May. Google is expected to announce new Nest smart home products at its next event.