Google sends out 13 "functional patches" to improve the performance of the Pixel handsets

Google sends out 13
An  update pushed out today by Google includes 13 functional patches for the Pixel devices. These are patches designed to improve the performance of the 2016, 2017 or 2018 Pixel models. For example, one of the patches improve the memory performance of the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Some owners of these models have previously complained that they could not keep more than three apps open at one time. Some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices have been known to redraw apps constantly.

Other functional patches include one that helps improve how the camera captures images, and another that makes the 2017 and 2018 Pixel models more compatible with Android Auto. All six Pixel models have had their volume behavior and unlocking performance improved while Bluetooth is being used.

Some of the fixes are aimed at the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, such as the patch that improves the visibility of notifications when either phone is placed in the Pixel Stand. Speaking of the Stand, after the update, the latest Pixels should respond better to the "Hey Google" and "OK Google" hotwords that open Assistant, while docked to the Pixel Stand.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL received a patch that improves the triggering of the Always On Display, another that improves the performance of the camera shutter and another that improves the contouring on HDR color with certain media apps. And both models should have improved audio on particular automobile models that have Android Auto installed. Lastly, the Pixel 3 XL will now be better able to detect when an audio accessory has been plugged into the USB-C port.

The update should be rolling out now to all Pixel models. To pull it out manually, go to Settings > System > Advanced > System update.

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17 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Glad to hear that Google is patching up the issues that people who actually own the Pixel have been having. Hopefully they will do better in the future otherwise risk losing out to companies like OnePlus.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Yeah but the update did nothing to fix that eyesore of a notch on the 3 XL.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! I’m glad that they are addressing these issues, but hopefully this update won’t bring more bugs/issues along with it. Google has a horrible track record with stable software on their Pixel line.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I wonder if the software bug placing a notch on the side of the screen got patched.

9. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's what I'm wondering. Well I can tell you that at least one person up above wouldn't have a clue because it's just an instance of coattail riding.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm wondering that as well. But I can tell you that at least one person here above doesn't have a clue about what he's talking about, considering he's just a smartphone pretender and has never used one in his life.

11. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I would seek out actual users who have actually used the Pixel 3 and can chime in with factual experience instead of some people speaking out of their backside and riding the coattails.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

There are certain people here that speak about "actual Pixel users" and seeking them out when they are just Google apologists and don't own any Pixel phone at all. They are just here to troll others opinions. Avoid those people, if at all possible. They have zero knowledge about anything tech related.

14. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You have some people who exaggerate stuff to suit their false narrative. They talk about someone else being apologists when they are Huawei and Nokia apologist who attacks anyone on said articles just because they disagree with what's being stated in said articles. They have an oxymoron in their name and doesn't know what they are talking about at all.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

You have some people that are apologists for Google, Essential, and Apple, and will run interference for them as if they were on a football team together. They will attack anyone that has an opinion that they don't agree with. They are a known troll around here on their 10th account because of me, and that's why they relentlessly attack any OEM that I favor and anyone that agrees with me.

8. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's really reaching. How about worrying about having a stable phone instead of something as cosmetic as a notch.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

People like you know who speak about "actual Pixel users" and seeking them out when they are just Google apologists and don't own any Pixel phone at all...that's hilarious.

15. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

As usual, you have the ones that have no interest in pixel phones here trying to pick a fight just because they can't stand to hear the truth.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

As usual, you have people here that pretend to own smartphones that they actually do not own. They do it to justify their trolling of other brands, and to justify their attack on others that have an opinion that differs from theirs about a smartphone that they don't actually own.

4. TechGirl90 unregistered

Good!!! Hopefully it's a stable patch and not another bug infested one!

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google has left out the 2016 Pixel/Pixel XL once again. We'll probably get the updates the last week of December, as has been the tradition the last few months. My S9 gets faster security updates than my Pixel.

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

The funniest part is that the update that I installed yesterday December 3rd says security patch level December 5th. So google is truly looking into the future with this update

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