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Morgrain

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This!

Sideloaded the update myself but for those not prepared to do that it's been a long stretch to wait for the FPR fix Google saw fit to issue to their 'important markets'.
Google never really cared for its hardware department, it was always a side job, a hobby. An experiment - to showcase Android. That shows - in many ways.

If Google had been serious about this endeavour, they would have pushed the FP fix to every user after no more than 24 hours after the first firmware got rolled out. Instead, they just don't give a s*it and expect people to wait for months to receive important bug fixes, even though the FIX IS ALREADY THERE.

I need to repeat the latter, since you can't fix a problem without having a fix. But Google has a fix. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS PUSH ONE BUTTON. Especially since they already released a firmware that can be applied to every Pixel 6. It's... uff. Pathetic.
 

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Google never really cared for its hardware department, it was always a side job, a hobby. An experiment - to showcase Android. That shows - in many ways.

If Google had been serious about this endeavour, they would have pushed the FP fix to every user after no more than 24 hours after the first firmware got rolled out. Instead, they just don't give a s*it and expect people to wait for months to receive important bug fixes, even though the FIX IS ALREADY THERE.
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No region should be left behind when it comes to a FIX.
 

Morgrain

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Personally I don't think newly released phones should have a new OS on them cuz you really don't know if it's an OS issue or the phone has issues and only 15 days to return it. Just my opinion
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I would have loved to see the P6 get released with Android 11, and 12 would have been an optional update. That way people could have waited for Android 12 to not be a buggy mess anymore.

Many people that flame - or quite frankly, hate - the Pixel 6 after owning it, only hate Android 12. Since that is a broken mess. A lot of bad blood could have been avoided if Google shipped the P6 with a decent, stable, good Android version.

I mean, this is Googles alleged Flagship. Their most priced hardware product. And they showcase it - WILLINGLY - with a mess of a broken OS? How did any manager up in the chain sign that one off? Does no Google manager actually use a Pixel phone as a daily driver, or how it is possible for them to not notice this as a huge issue that needs to be immediately fixed?
 
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I'm still using my 4 XL on Android 11 until Android 12 is fixed (hopefully this month?) so I can switch to my P6P.

Honestly, I usually wait a few months before getting a Pixel but I didn't want to miss the free Bose 700 headphones offer (in Europe) for pre-orders. Especially since one of my co-workers is probably interested in buying it from me. That means getting the 6 Pro for around 700 euros, which is a good price!
 
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I would have loved to see the P6 get released with Android 11, and 12 would have been an optional update. That way people could have waited for Android 12 to not be a buggy mess anymore.

Many people that flame - or quite frankly, hate - the Pixel 6 after owning it, only hate Android 12. Since that is a broken mess. A lot of bad blood could have been avoided if Google shipped the P6 with a decent, stable, good Android version.

I mean, this is Googles alleged Flagship. Their most priced hardware product. And they showcase it - WILLINGLY - with a mess of a broken OS? How did any manager up in the chain sign that one off? Does no Google manager actually use a Pixel phone as a daily driver, or how it is possible for them to not notice this as a huge issue that needs to be immediately fixed?
iOS 15 and the iPhone 13 series have multiple issues too and you're scrutinizing Google? Give me a break dude. How many threads are you going to rant about this nonsense?
 
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I installed the update manually and the fingerprint sensor still sucks big time. I have an iPad with a build in fingerprint sensor and it reads almost every time on the first try and I only taught every finger once. On my Pixel I taught them twice and it still misses it every other try.
Are you referring to the mid November update, .037? Not the one which is the subject of this thread yet to be released, right?
 

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    The latest update of 2021 is rolling out today with the Android 12 December security patch for the Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.

    In the most recent Android Security & Privacy Year in Review, Google notes that “no critical security vulnerabilities affecting the Android platform were publicly disclosed without a security update or mitigation available for Android devices.” Additionally, there was an 84% year-over-year jump in security patches during Q4 2018 compared to the prior year.

    Besides the December Feature Drop, this update widely rolls out improvements to the Pixel 6’s under-display fingerprint sensor that were first introduced last month in the US and Japan. There is no update for the Pixel 3/XL this month, with the next release coming sometime in the first quarter of 2022.

    The Pixel 6 update will be available next week.


    Official Google post


    The rollout will start on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro later this month.

    There is also a giant Bugfix list

    In addition to a Feature Drop and the latest security patch, the Pixel’s December update addresses a whole host of issues. The full list is below.

    Pixel 6 & 6 Pro issues:​

    Audio

    • General fixes & improvements for audio playback issues in certain apps *[1].
    • Fix for issue causing audio noise in videos captured while using certain phone cases *[1].
    • Fix for issue causing microphone to cut out during calls in certain conditions *[1].
    • Fix for issue causing occasional audio glitch when adjusting volume levels *[1].
    • Fix for issue occasionally preventing audio playback from speaker in certain conditions *[1].
    • Fix for issue preventing Now Playing to search for unrecognized music *[1].
    Camera

    • General image quality improvements in camera preview/capture *[1].
    • General improvements for camera stability & performance *[1].
    • General improvements for auto-focus response in certain capture modes *[1].
    • General improvements for color consistency in viewfinder preview *[1].
    • Fix for issue causing blank viewfinder preview in certain conditions *[1].
    Apps

    • Fix for issue causing Assistant to unintentionally start a phone call in certain conditions *[1].
    Biometrics

    • General improvements for fingerprint sensor stability & performance *[1].
    • Additional fixes for issues preventing enrollment of new fingerprints in certain conditions *[1].
    Bluetooth

    • Fix for distorted audio over Bluetooth in certain scenarios *[1].
    Display & Graphics

    • Enable ANGLE graphics support library for certain apps and games *[1].
    • Fix for occasional screen flicker during brightness adjustment *[1].
    • Fix for issue preventing Smooth Display to switch display refresh rate in certain conditions *[1].
    • Fix for issue causing screen flicker after locking or unlocking device in certain conditions *[1].
    Network & Telephony

    • Fix for issue that disabled call features on certain devices or networks in certain conditions *[1].
    Sensors

    • Fix for issue preventing lift to wake and double tap to wake in certain conditions *[1].
    • Fix for issue preventing Always-on-display from turning on in certain conditions *[1].
    • Fix for issue causing unexpected haptics or vibration in certain conditions *[1].
    System

    • Fix for issue causing device to freeze after sleeping while charging in certain conditions *[1].
    Wi-Fi

    • Fix for issue that would occasionally disconnect device from Wi-Fi in certain conditions *[1].

    All Pixel phones (3a – 6 Pro):​

    Apps

    • Fix for stuck or frozen app UI in certain conditions *[7].
    Battery & Power

    • General improvements for battery & thermal performance in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issues occasionally causing incorrect Battery usage accounting to display in Settings *[7].
    Bluetooth

    • Fix for issue causing Bluetooth to turn on after disabling in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for volume adjustment issues with certain Bluetooth audio devices *[7].
    Display & Graphics

    • Add additional example images for display color options in Settings *[7].
    • General improvements to keep the screen on after multiple manual wakes *[7].
    • General improvements for Adaptive brightness response in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for occasional white screen flash after display goes to sleep *[7].
    Framework

    • Fix for issue causing app icons to display as pending downloads after installation completes *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing Play store app installation to pause indefinitely in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue occasionally preventing Work Profile setup to complete in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue preventing all settings or apps to be restored from backup during setup in certain conditions *[7].
    Media

    • Fix for issue causing system crash during media playback in certain conditions *[7].
    Network & Telephony

    • General improvements for network connection stability & performance *[7].
    • Fix for crash in Settings when toggling Airplane mode on certain network configurations *[7].
    Sensors

    • General improvements for Adaptive brightness response in certain conditions *[7].
    System

    • Kernel update to 4.9.279 for Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL.
    • Kernel update to 4.14.243 for Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL & Pixel 4a.
    • Kernel update to 4.19.202 for Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5 & Pixel 5a (5G).
    • General improvements for system stability & performance *[7]
    • Fix for issue occasionally preventing OTA updates to install *[7].
    User Interface

    • Add Material You dynamic theming support for the device boot animation *[7].
    • Improvements for Internet tile in Quick Settings *[7].
    • Improvements for Quick Settings layout in certain device orientations *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing display to stay on during wireless charging *[5].
    • Fix for issue causing Game Dashboard icon to display over lock screen *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing incorrect colors or theme to display in Quick Settings in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing lock screen icons to display in notification shade in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing notification History & Clear all buttons to occasionally display incorrectly *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing persistent app media controls in notification shade in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing persistent call notification in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing persistent Turn off work apps button in app drawer *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing screen flicker after locking or unlocking device in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing Settings to crash in Conversations menu in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing undismissable Game Dashboard button during gameplay in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing app drawer to scroll to the top after clearing search query *[7].
    • Fix for issue causing certain home screen icons to appear misaligned in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue enabling Quick Settings toggles to be tapped from home screen in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue hiding date or time in Quick Settings in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue occasionally causing blank background on home screen after setting wallpaper *[7].
    • Fix for issue occasionally causing Quick Settings to pull down after unlocking device *[7].
    • Fix for issue occasionally causing UI elements to display with transparent backgrounds *[7].
    • Fix for issue occasionally displaying Work Profile badge icon on personal apps or contacts *[7].
    • Fix for issue preventing conversation bubble to be dismissed in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for issue preventing search results to display in Settings in certain conditions *[7].
    • Fix for occasional screen flicker in notification shade when dragging from top of screen *[7].
    • Fix for occasional flickering when quickly switching between apps in certain conditions *[7].
    Wi-Fi

    • General improvements for Wi-Fi stability & performance *[7].

    Use the following table for all device and generation-specific issues:

    • *[1] Included on Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro
    • *[2] Included on Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro
    • *[3] Included on Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G)
    • *[4] Included on Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro
    • *[5] Included on Pixel 4 / XL, Pixel 5, Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro
    • *[6] Included on Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL
    • *[7] Included on Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro
    Battery & Power

    • Additional improvements for battery charging information shown in notification shade *[4].
    • General improvements for wireless charging in certain conditions *[5].
    • Improvements for alignment detection on Pixel Stand in certain conditions *[5].
    Biometrics

    • General improvements for face unlock stability & performance *[6].
    Bluetooth

    • General Bluetooth stability improvements for certain conditions *[3].
    Sensors

    • General improvements for sensor stability & response in certain conditions *[2].
    • General improvements for Quick Tap response & performance *[2].
    • General improvements for Auto-rotate response in certain device orientations *[4].
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    So many issues they need another week to try to correct them lmao. Maybe if their internal testers actually tested things before releasing a half baked OS and phones they wouldn't have so many bugs to fix.
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    I don't think I've EVER seen so many fixes. Oy vey. Just shows how buggy A12 and the p6's are...

    I don't know about any of you, but I'm fairly ticked that we have to wait another week for an update. I've had it with this damn FPR. It works great right after redoing the prints, then after a while it will go from working most of the time to me having to use my other thumb or the passcode. I was really hoping for a big fix today... Also, my battery getting hot during chrome use and some other situations, and the bad battery life...

    I've also about had it with Google. A12 has been sooo buggy, and to be honest, material you is kind of a joke. 4 whole colors to choose from, two of which are AWFUL, no font, no icons, not very material YOU. I've actually been keeping an eye on the Samsung s22 launch. I never thought I'd ever own another Samsung phone, but I'm close. The s21 got A12 less than a month from the pixel launch, so, it doesn't seem like I'd have to wait 6 months for OS updates, and, they have a theme store. So, you can actually make it yours lol. Ugh...
    Back in the day, Pixel firmware updates never had these many fixes - it's a shame, and quite frankly, pathetic, that Google released Android 12 - after a 3/4 year of public beta testing ! - in an obviously broken state.

    And jea, I can only agree with your assessment with Material You. We lost a lot of customization and are now forced to endure a UI that was made for an 80 year old colour-blind, requiring moon-sized letters, widgets and unicolor-backgrounds across the board.

    If I could, I would immediately return the entire UI to Android 11 - that one was beautiful and just worked. I see no advantage in Android 12. It's the first Android update - in my Android phone owning years - that felt like an actual downgrade, instead of an upgrade.
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    I don't think I've EVER seen so many fixes. Oy vey. Just shows how buggy A12 and the p6's are...

    I don't know about any of you, but I'm fairly ticked that we have to wait another week for an update. I've had it with this damn FPR. It works great right after redoing the prints, then after a while it will go from working most of the time to me having to use my other thumb or the passcode. I was really hoping for a big fix today... Also, my battery getting hot during chrome use and some other situations, and the bad battery life...

    I've also about had it with Google. A12 has been sooo buggy, and to be honest, material you is kind of a joke. 4 whole colors to choose from, two of which are AWFUL, no font, no icons, not very material YOU. I've actually been keeping an eye on the Samsung s22 launch. I never thought I'd ever own another Samsung phone, but I'm close. The s21 got A12 less than a month from the pixel launch, so, it doesn't seem like I'd have to wait 6 months for OS updates, and, they have a theme store. So, you can actually make it yours lol. Ugh...
    Yep..... material you is hideous. Love how it changes the hue of the greys instead of just the accent color. Thought I wouldn't say it either, this will be the last Google phone for me. Can't wait to get rid of it.
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    I don't think I've EVER seen so many fixes. Oy vey. Just shows how buggy A12 and the p6's are...

    I don't know about any of you, but I'm fairly ticked that we have to wait another week for an update. I've had it with this damn FPR. It works great right after redoing the prints, then after a while it will go from working most of the time to me having to use my other thumb or the passcode. I was really hoping for a big fix today... Also, my battery getting hot during chrome use and some other situations, and the bad battery life...

    I've also about had it with Google. A12 has been sooo buggy, and to be honest, material you is kind of a joke. 4 whole colors to choose from, two of which are AWFUL, no font, no icons, not very material YOU. I've actually been keeping an eye on the Samsung s22 launch. I never thought I'd ever own another Samsung phone, but I'm close. The s21 got A12 less than a month from the pixel launch, so, it doesn't seem like I'd have to wait 6 months for OS updates, and, they have a theme store. So, you can actually make it yours lol. Ugh...