Verizon Wireless, the only carrier that has the mandate to sell the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in the U.S., is rolling out OTA updates for the two phones.
According to the Big Red, the Google Pixel phones are receiving an update that brings a handful of new features, bug fixes as well as stability and performance improvements. In addition, the tech giant also notes that the two Pixel phones will also be updated to the latest Android security patch once this OTA update has been installed.
Quite a good number of Google Pixel and Pixel XL users have been complaining about wireless connectivity issues on their phones, especially Bluetooth. Well, this new update comes in to take care of the problems, including those that were affecting Wi-Fi connectivity. Furthermore, the carrier confirms that this small update will also improve the performance of the phones during voice calls, something that makes it a must-have update.
In the official changelog, Verizon notes that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get a new feature that will now let them create backups and restore points for a number of preinstalled apps that include Google Calendar, Messenger as well as Google Drive. Since the likes of Google Drive and Calendar are already making use of the company’s cloud service for automatic backups, this update only makes sense for those who use the Google Messenger or rather Google Messages app, which was previously not connected to the cloud.
As far as improving voice calling experience is concerned, this update will fix issues related to the missing HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling options following the previous update. If you are among the few Google Pixel and Pixel XL users that have been going through a hard time when it comes to receiving text messages, well, make sure you get this OTA update installed on your phone as soon as you are notified to do so.
As usual with OTA updates, it will take time before all Google Pixel phones get the notification to download and install the OS. To skip the line and receive the update ahead of the rest, go to Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for updates.