December Google Pixel Update addresses a big list of issues

Google has just dropped the monthly Pixel update. Yes, the December 2023 update goes live for Pixel devices. The best part is, that the newest software upgrade addresses a big list of issues and bumps up the monthly security patch.

Google is pushing the new software to all Pixel phones with the UQ1A.231205.015 software version, except for the Pixel 5a (5G), which received the update with version number UQ1A.231205.014. The update is rolling in a staged manner and will be available to everyone in a matter of time.

In terms of features and changes, the update brings more stability and enhancements to system apps, improvements for charging and battery usage, camera stability improvements, fingerprint issues, and many more.

Here’s the complete list of changes coming with the December 2023 Pixel update.

  • Apps
    • General improvements for stability or performance with certain system apps (Pixel 8 and 8 Pro)
  • Audio
    • Fix for users facing issues in pairing Hearing aid with phone during calls under certain conditions
  • Battery & Charging
    • General improvements for charging and battery usage (Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet)
  • Biometrics
    • Fix for fingerprint issues on first attempt when always-on display is enabled under certain conditions (Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro)
  • Bluetooth
    • Fix for issue causing Bluetooth discovery to stop functioning under certain conditions
    • Fix for issue causing Bluetooth to stop functioning under certain conditions
  • Camera
    • General improvements for camera stability under certain conditions
  • Display & Graphics
    • Fix for issue causing emoji icons to be rendered brighter than the rest of the adjacent content (Pixel 8 and 8 Pro)
    • Fix for issue causing visual artifacts while scrolling on the home screen under certain conditions (Pixel 8 and 8 Pro)
    • Fix for users getting a green flash when using the phone in certain conditions
    • General improvements to display stability
  • Framework
    • General improvements for system stability and performance in certain conditions
  • Location & GPS
    • Fix for issue causing GPS instability under certain conditions
  • Sensors
    • Fix for Phone vibrating continuously in certain conditions (Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro)
  • System
    • Fix for issue causing third party apps to crash on start up in certain conditions
    • Fix for issue with Battery charging notifications in certain conditions
  • Telephony
    • Fix for Voice over Wi-Fi calls to fail in certain conditions
    • General improvements for network connection stability and performance in certain conditions
  • User Interface
    • Fix for black bar at the bottom of the display after changing screen saver in certain conditions (Pixel Fold and Tablet)
    • Fix for black screen in certain conditions (Pixel 8 and 8 Pro)
    • Fix for certain users unable to share Videos/Screenshots/Documents in certain conditions (Pixel Fold and Tablet)
    • Fix for custom clock reset to default in certain conditions
    • Fix for email notification overlays that are not removed in certain conditions
    • Fix for empty home screen post unlocking via fingerprint in certain conditions
    • Fix for home screen blank background post unlocking in certain conditions (Pixel Fold and Tablet)
    • Fix for incorrect date/time showing in status bar in certain conditions
    • Fix for issue causing quick settings tiles to not activate under certain conditions
    • Fix for issue causing the clock and temperature to overlap on the At a Glance lockscreen
    • Fix for issue with blank notifications in certain conditions
    • Fix for messages SMS Icon not showing in certain conditions
    • Fix for missing icons post unlocking via fingerprint in certain conditions
    • Fix for missing mobile icons in certain conditions when multiple SIMs are used
    • Fix for unable to unlock device in certain conditions (Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro)
    • Fix for Wallpaper on home screen showing black in certain conditions
    • Fix for Wi-Fi icon not displaying in certain conditions
    • General improvement to the setup wizard flow pertaining to the navigation mode selection (Pixel 8 and 8 Pro)
    • General improvements for performance and Memory management in certain UI transitions
    • General improvements for performance and stability in certain UI transitions and animations
    • General improvements for system stability and performance in certain conditions
  • Wi-Fi
    • General improvements for Wi-Fi stability and performance in certain conditions

At the moment, the update is rolling in a staged manner, you will receive the update OTA notification once available on your device, you can tap on it and download the update or simply head over to Settings > System > Advanced > System update and install the new software.

Additionally, you can manually install the December 2023 update on your Google Pixel phone by sideloading the update. The factory images and OTA files of the September update are already available. But make sure to take a backup before sideloading the new software.

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