Google releases February 2023 security update for Pixel phones

Google sticks with the tradition of releasing security updates on the first Monday of the month. Today, the tech giant rolls out a February security update for Pixel phones. The new software goes live for all eligible Pixel phones starting from the Pixel 4a and up through the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

It requires a tiny amount of data to download, much like the previous incremental upgrades. This month’s build weighs 32MB in size on the Pixel 7 Pro, it may be even smaller on older models. As the big update is scheduled for the next month, today’s release is more focused on the security side and brings a few enhancements.

Google is seeding the new firmware on eligible phones with the TQ1A.230205.002 software version number. The update fixes a couple of issues reported by the Pixel owners. As per the changelog, the February Pixel update addresses the clear calling instability issue, Bluetooth connection issues, keyboard accessibility issues, and the issue where Calender is not updated in the background when using the phone in the Work profile.

Here is the official release notes coming with the Pixel February update.

  • Accessibility
    • Fix for issue preventing touch interaction with Braille keyboard in certain conditions
  • Audio
    • Fix for issue occasionally causing instability while Clear Calling is enabled in certain conditions [for Pixel 7 and 7 Pro]
  • Bluetooth
    • Fix for issue occasionally preventing connection with certain Bluetooth devices or accessories
  • Framework
    • Fix for issue occasionally preventing Work profile calendar information from updating in the background

If you own the Pixel 4a and live in Canada then this build is rolling with a TQ1A.230205.001.B2 version number. Whereas the T-Mobile and Google Fi users in the US receive the new software with the TQ1A.230205.001.D2 build number.

If you own a Pixel 4a or newer model, then you can update your phone to the newer version. The update is rolling in a staged manner, you will receive the February 2023 update OTA notification once available on your device, you can tap on it and download the update or simply head over to the Settings > System > Advanced > System update and install the new software.

Additionally, you can manually install the February 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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