Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are just days away from pre-order and I know you’re excited, but we have the current Pixel phones to talk about. It’s the first Monday of the month and that means a new Pixel update and Android security patch. The October Pixel Update is here.
As of this time, Google has released the October factory image and 13.0 OTA files for all active Pixel phones, including Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a. In general, everything here should be on time, without delays.
The new builds are as follows, with no mention of specific versions for vector variants. Google calls this build “global”, so it should be for everyone:
- Pixel 4 (XL): TP1A.221005.002
- Pixel 4a: TP1A.221005.002
- Pixel 4a (5G): TP1A.221005.002
- Pixel 5: TP1A.221005.002
- Pixel 5a (5G): TP1A.221005.002
- Pixel 6: TP1A.221005.002
- Pixel 6 Pro: TP1A.221005.002
- Pixel 6a: TP1A.221005.003
On an important note, this could be the latest update for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL unless Google decides to offer a final stability update in the coming months as they did with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 before them.
Bug fixes and changes
There are 9 bug fixes in this October patch. Below is the full list where you will find the fixes are for all devices still supported except the first noise artifact issue. That fix is for Pixel 4, 4a, 5, and 4a only.
- Fixed an issue that occasionally resulted in audible hum or noise artifacts during calls when using wired headphones *
- Fixed an issue that prevented the device volume controls in the media player notification from working under certain conditions
- Fixed an issue that caused the launcher to crash when connecting to the VPN under certain conditions
- Fixed an issue that caused compatibility issues with some app widgets in Android 13
- Fixed an issue where the media player would display the default icon for some media apps
- Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the device to crash when playing audio from local storage
- Fixed an issue that occasionally caused blank Quick Settings tiles to appear in the notification shade
- Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the work profile toggle button to appear truncated in the app drawer
- Fixed an issue that occasionally prevented the display of available Wi-Fi networks in the network selection menu in some apps
Google should start sending these updates over-the-air shortly (Settings> System> Advanced> System Update), but if you don’t want to wait for Google and prefer to update manually, you’ll find every factory image or OTA file at the links underlying. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here it is. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, here it is.