Google sends out the first update for the just-released Pixel 6a

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The Google Pixel 6a mid-ranger was officially released yesterday and came out of the box with an older version of Android 12 that included the April security patch. But Google has released a new update for the phone and it includes the August 2022 Android security patch. As a result, the brand new Pixel 6a is currently the only Pixel model to rock the August security update.

Other Pixel models that are still supported by Google should receive their monthly update on Monday, August 4. Google usually releases these OTA updates on the first Monday of every month. For example, if you own a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, your device has the July security update. There is no need to curse Google for this, as you should receive the August security update next Monday.

By the way, just because Google has started rolling out the update for the Pixel 6a doesn’t mean your device will receive it today. Google notes that it will roll out the update in phases, a process that could take several weeks. It is unknown if the update contains a bug fix for the in-display fingerprint sensor that malfunctioned on some Pixel 6a handsets and even allowed unregistered users to unlock the device.
The different versions of the update being pushed are as follows:
  • Global (Unlocked) Pixel 6a: SD2A.220601.003
  • AT&T, T-Mobile Pixel 6a: SD2A.220601.002
  • Verizon Pixel 6a: SD2A.220601.004

To update your Pixel 6a, go to Settings > System > System update and follow the prompts to receive the update. Interestingly enough, the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 series in parts of Europe will receive the August security patches for most of the Pixel series.

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