March 2023 Security Update now out for Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a

The wait is over! It’s time for Pixel 6 series to receive March 2023 security update. Google began rolling out the update to Pixel phones last week, but, it was limited to Pixel 4 and Pixel 7 series. And now is the time for the previous generation phones – Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a. The newer upgrade is rolling with a newer security patch, select new features, along with system-wide enhancements.

Google plants the new software on the Pixel 6 lineup with the TQ2A.230305.008.E1 build number on the unlocked variant. Google officially shares the details on the Pixel support website and a number of users have received the update on their phones. This particular update weighs around 270MB in size on the Pixel 6 phones, a bigger compared to the last month’s build.

In terms of new features and changes, then the upgrade is rolling with a number of unique features with the March Pixel Feature Drop, complete details are available on this page and story.

Moving to the changes, then this month’s update addresses the issue of occasionally preventing Wallpaper & style settings to open, general improvements for both wired and wireless charging, improvements for fingerprint recognition, Android Auto not connecting issue also fixed, stability improvements for camera, a number of fixes for UI, and more.

Here’s the complete list of changes coming with this March Security Update for the Pixel 6 series.

Apps

  • Fix for issue causing Live Translate feature to prompt for translation too frequently in certain apps
  • Fix for issue occasionally keeping display on while certain app activities are active
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing screenshots from being captured in certain apps
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing Wallpaper & style settings to open

Battery & Charging

  • Fix for issue occasionally causing app-specific battery restriction settings to be reset after a software update
  • General improvements for charging, battery usage or performance in certain conditions

Biometrics

  • Additional improvements for fingerprint recognition and response in certain conditions

Bluetooth

  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing Android Auto to connect wirelessly with certain vehicle head units
  • Improvements for connection stability with certain Bluetooth LE headsets or accessories

Camera

  • General improvements for camera stability and performance in certain conditions

Display & Graphics

  • Fix for issue occasionally causing display flicker or artifacts in certain apps or conditions
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing instability or playback errors with certain media apps or content
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing video preview to flicker in certain apps

Framework

  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing keyboard from displaying in certain apps or conditions

Sensors

  • General improvements for adaptive brightness response in certain conditions

System

  • General improvements for system stability and performance in certain conditions
  • Kernel updates to 4.14.295, 4.19.261, 5.10.149

Telephony

  • General improvements for network connection stability and performance in certain conditions

User Interface

  • Fix for issue causing certain on-device search results to launch apps in work profile
  • Fix for issue causing certain text entries in Battery Usage settings to overlap each other while scrolling
  • Fix for issue causing home screen UI to appear blurred in certain conditions
  • Fix for issue causing lag or delay with switching between apps while third-party launcher apps are in use
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing inner launcher icons to appear clipped after closing a folder
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing input text to overlap inside search bar
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing media player notification to appear cut off or trimmed
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing navigation UI to display over Assistant interface
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing notification drawer to appear empty or blank
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing Overview screen panels to display over home screen
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing Quick Settings tiles to be activated while menu is not pulled down
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing screen unlock to overlap with notifications, home screen or other UI elements
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing silent mode icon to appear hidden or missing from status bar
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing app icon size to scale correctly when changing display size
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing screenshot sharing or editing to work when tapping overlay buttons
  • Fix for issue preventing haptic feedback when interacting with notification drawer in certain conditions
  • General improvements for performance in certain UI transitions and animations
  • Improvements for home screen icon behavior when switching between different grid sizes
  • Improvements for status bar layout and response in certain device orientations

Wi-Fi

  • General improvements for Wi-Fi network connection stability & performance in certain conditions
  • Improvements for connection stability with certain Wi-Fi 6E-capable routers or networks

If you own a Pixel 6 series smartphone – Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, or Pixel 6a, then you can now update it to March 2023 security update. The update is rolling in a staged manner, you will receive the 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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