For the first time in a few months, the monthly Google Pixel update arrived on time today. It’s the first Monday of the month, and the update already seems to be showing up on the first supported Pixel phones. The May update also includes new firmware for the Google Pixel Watches.
First on smartphones: Google releases major “Feature Drop” updates every three months, and the next one is due in June. Therefore, the May update does not bring any new features, only some fixes. This includes a bug that occasionally caused lock screen elements to overlap with the home screen. Additionally, the Google Pixel 7 Pro’s touchscreen is now more responsive under certain conditions.
The Google Pixel update is currently rolling out for the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and newer models that will transition to software version TQ2A.230505.002 after installation. Exceptions are for the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a 5G on T-Mobile and Google Fi, which will receive firmware TQ2A.230505.002.A1 instead. The rollout is expected to be completed in about a week and will be phased in until then.
The Google Pixel Watch also gets new firmware. And here, too, the rollout is expected to take a week to reach all devices. After installing the new software, the Pixel Watch will have the version number RWDA.230114.013. According to Google, this update includes “the latest security patches for Pixel Watch users”.