The May Pixel 6 and 6 Pro update primarily enhances haptic feedback

Like last month, the security update for May rolls out to the Pixel 6 series on the same day as all other supported Google devices.

Compared to previous months, there are only three corrections. Exclusive to Pixel 6, haptic feedback is “improvements” after complaints that surfaced with Android 12L. Some found that vibrations were reduced so much that they missed calls, notifications, and other warnings, while adjusting settings did nothing to increase the intensity. We noticed at the time:

The issue appears to be affected, with some users affected but not others. Some also claim that vibrations just feel different in terms of patterns, with a softer start but the same high-end


  • Improvements to haptic feedback under certain conditions and applications *[2].

Meanwhile, all current devices – Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – benefit from:

Display / graphics

  • Resolve issues that occasionally cause the screen to wake up without user interaction *[1].

User interface

  • Fix for issue that caused launcher crashes after restarting the device under certain conditions *[1].

The Pixel 6 series and older phones are on the same Android 12.1 build for this May update: SP2A.220505.002.

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