Now that the Pixel 6 has been out for a number of weeks, Google has began to handle among the widespread complaints in regards to the machine.
First up, there is a new replace on the market addressing the fingerprint reader, which some individuals have had issues with. The November safety replace for the Pixel 6 and 6 Professional is construct quantity “SD1A.210817.036,” which this most up-to-date fingerprint replace increments by one, to finish up with construct “SD1A.210817.037.” Google hasn’t formally mentioned what the construct does, however Verizon posted a changelog for construct 037, which says: “The present software program replace improves the efficiency of your machine’s fingerprint sensor.”
The replace is 14.5MB in the event you’re coming from the November safety patch. Not everybody was having issues with the fingerprint sensor, however the thread about it on the /r/GooglePixel subreddit appears to have principally optimistic impressions after putting in. It feels just like the replace is on a reasonably gradual rollout. Even in the event you’re on the older construct, urgent the “verify for replace” button will not pull it down routinely like regular. The OTA is on the market for handbook obtain on Google’s Pixel site, so your choices are to manually apply it (directions are on the prime of that web page) or wait longer.
The second challenge: Charging! In a new community post, Google confirmed earlier testing from Android Authority’s Robert Triggs that the Pixel 6 does not really do 30 W charging and as an alternative tops out at round 22 W. To the letter of the regulation, Google by no means technically said a charging pace for the Pixel 6 on the web site, which says the telephone can hit “as much as 50 p.c cost in about half-hour—with Google 30 W USB-C Charger.” That is saying Google’s beneficial charger can do 30 W charging, not essentially the telephone, which technically has no wattage listed. It is not precisely mendacity, nevertheless it’s additionally unnecessarily deceptive.
This is the crux of Google’s publish:
We have optimized Pixel’s lithium-ion battery for top cost charges when the battery stage is low. Pixel 6 can stand up to 50% in round half-hour (with Google’s 30W USB-C Energy Charger), and rapidly reaches as much as 80% in about an hour, relying on machine utilization and temperature. The height energy that Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional draw from the wired charger is 21W and 23W, respectively. Because the battery will get nearer to full, charging energy is progressively diminished with the intention to enhance battery longevity.
Pixel can also pause charging above 80% under certain conditions, and in the event you allow Adaptive Charging, Pixel can optimize cost charges for gradual in a single day charging. Taken collectively, these approaches show you how to cost your Pixel rapidly when the battery is low, but in addition assist decrease degradation to protect the lifespan of your battery.
The telephone does not include a charger, so I have been utilizing the OnePlus 45W USB PD PPS energy brick. A giant downside with Android proper now could be that the OS does not report a charging wattage to the person, so I am unable to really be certain if I am charging at full pace or not (that is apparently being worked on). This charger appears to fulfill all of the specs, although, and for me, charging the Pixel 6 Professional takes about two hours.
The underside line is that the Pixel 6 charging is gradual and uncompetitive. It is a very completely different charging expertise from the 29 minutes a OnePlus 9 Pro takes to cost. OnePlus telephones cost so rapidly that they alter client habits. When the telephone battery goes up 1 p.c each 18 seconds, charging it in a single day appears like overkill. It appears way more applicable to cost it throughout a lunch break or for a couple of minutes earlier than you exit someplace—or simply when it will get low. The Pixel 6 is simply too gradual to outlive on this sort of habits, so for me, it has been again to old-school in a single day charging.