The first Android update of the year for Google Pixel phones is out. It fixes around 40 security issues and a few other bugs and also brings some new features. It also includes Static Spatial Audio for the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. This gives the user surround sound via any connected headset. The Pixel Buds Pro will also receive an update “in the coming weeks” that will enable spatial audio with head tracking.
Fingerprint recognition and response has been improved “under certain conditions” for the Google Pixel 6a and Pixel 7. An issue that occasionally caused captured photos to appear corrupted or distorted when zoomed in has been fixed on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Google has also solved two Bluetooth bugs. One sometimes prevented certain Bluetooth Low Energy devices or accessories from pairing or reconnecting. The other partially prevented the audio from playing through certain headphones or other accessories.
There was also a bug when turning the Google Pixel 7 displays on and off. Another problem occasionally caused Pixel smartphones to switch to landscape mode despite portrait mode. The new build is called TQ1A.230105.001.B1 for the Pixel 4a in Canada and TQ1A.230105.001.A3 for the Pixel 7 at Telstra in Australia. Firmware TQ1A.230105.002.A1 is for the Pixel 7 Pro at Telstra in Australia. The remaining international Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, 5 and Pixel 5a 5G get TQ1A.230105.001. The international Pixel 6, 6 Pro and 7 Pro will be updated to TQ1A.230105.002 and the Pixel 6a and Pixel 7 to TQ1A.230105.001.A2.