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This is now new and better on Google Pixel with new Feature Drop

This is now new and better on Google Pixel with new Feature Drop
Written by insideindyhomes

The new month is a few days old and it’s time for the next Pixel Feature Drop. These are updates for Google Pixel that appear every quarter. Also called QPR: Quarterly Platform Releases. This time it is the last major update for Android 12 before the new Android 13 comes in early autumn.

A new update has landed for Google Pixel. It brings a few new features, but above all countless improvements and bug fixes for the entire system of the different Pixel smartphones.


New features through Pixel Feature Drop

Pocket Operator is a new feature to create your own music. “Create, export and share weird and wonderful music and video clips. Pocket Operators are small, ultra-portable musical devices made by teenage engineers.”

There are three innovations for the live display that have already appeared in the previous months. This includes quick access to your smart Nest doorbell, a reminder that the flashlight is on and soon a display of the current air quality.

There is a new noise cancellation for the Sound Amplifier. “Thanks to Deep Learning, Conversation mode amplifies the voice you want and filters out background noise and other voices you don’t want.”

Not to forget the innovations through the general Android feature drop.

Changelog of bug fixes

applications

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Google app to crash after updating the device under certain conditions*[2].
  • Fix for an issue that prevents GBoard from appearing in certain apps (A-230151581) *[1].

Audio

  • Fixed an issue that caused loud noise artifacts during calls under certain conditions *[2].
  • Addressed an issue that prevented audio playback from USB accessories when using certain third-party apps*[2].
  • Fix for an issue that prevents incoming notifications for calls under certain conditions (A-199020405) *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented prescreened calls from being accepted under certain conditions*[2].

battery & performance

  • General improvements for idle power consumption under certain conditions (A-205165830, A-224923101) *[2].

biometrics

  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused rear fingerprint unlock to take longer than expected (A-215532798, A-223330132) *[3].
  • Fixed an issue that caused under-display fingerprint unlock to fail during a call with AOD active*[2].

Bluetooth

  • General Bluetooth stability and performance improvements*[4].

camera

  • Fix for an issue that caused a white screen to appear after double tapping the camera to open it (A-226673984)*[1].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the camera to start up when the Emergency SOS mode power button was pressed *[1].
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally causes a clicking noise in the background of recorded videos (A-222556615) *[2].
  • General camera stability and performance improvements*[2].

Display & Graphics

  • Fixed an issue that caused display artifacts after waking the device under certain conditions*[2].
  • Fixed an issue that caused display artifacts in the photo preview under certain conditions*[2].

sensors

  • Fixed an issue that caused the display brightness to increase when the flashlight was turned on (A-219732625) *[2].
  • Fixed the issue that prevented contactless payments under certain conditions*[5].
  • Improvements for Adaptive Brightness Response in low light conditions*[2].

system

  • General system stability and performance improvements*[2].
  • Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4a kernel update to 4.14.261.
  • Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a (5G) kernel update to 4.19.224.
  • Kernel update to 5.10.81 for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

telephony

  • General improvements to network connection stability and performance*[4].

user interface

  • Add a behavior to open the clock after tapping the next alarm on the home screen*[1].
  • Fix for an issue where the SIM color option was invisible in Settings (A-209976548)*[1].
  • Fixing an issue that caused the split app divider to overlay animations when switching between apps (A-214940784) *[1].
  • Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to overlay over certain apps on devices with a display cutout (A-216374000) *[1].
  • Fixing an issue that occasionally caused the lock screen wallpaper to appear hidden when using Android Auto*[1].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the lock screen UI to appear hidden after waking the device (A-215207532) *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the notification panel to appear in the top half of the screen (A-227442690)*[1].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the PIN unlock keyboard to appear incorrectly scaled on the lock screen*[1].
  • Fixed an issue where quick settings would occasionally become invisible after swiping down on the notification panel*[1].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the system to crash when triggering UI toasts (A-219780255) *[1].

Wireless Internet access

  • General WiFi stability and performance improvements*[2].

Footnotes:

*[1] Included on Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

*[2] Included with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

*[3] Included on Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a (5G).

*[4] Included with Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

*[5] Included on Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G)

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