Update your Pixel now to crush these errors

Image for article titled Update your pixel now to crush these bugs

Photo: Gabo_Arts (Shutterstock)

Google’s Android 12 security patch for the month of May is here. If you have a Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro (including any XL variants), you should see this update on your device shortly. Although it is called the security patch, the update not only fixes security bugs; it also fixes these three bugs you may have encountered.

Let’s start with the crushed insects (may they rest in peace). The security patch for May includes fixes for only three of them this time, affecting your Pixels screen and graphics, sensors and user interface:

  • Display / graphics: Resolve issues that occasionally cause the screen to wake up without user interaction.
  • Sensors: Improvements to haptic feedback under certain conditions and applications (Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro only).
  • User interface: Fix the issue that caused the launcher crash after restarting the device under certain conditions.

If you notice that the screen starts up without your input, it should stop after this update. Likewise, haptic feedback on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro should now work better than it previously did, and your Pixels launcher should be more stable.

That’s it for the error department. Before you run to Google and complain about the other bugs on your Pixel, this update does not fix, do not worry: ONEaccording to 9to5Googlenext month’s update, Android 12 QPR3 should come with a number of bug fixes.

However, you should still install the May security patch, even if you do not care about correcting any of the three errors listed here. According to patches dated May 1, 2022 and May 5, 2022, Google has fixed a total of 37 vulnerabilities. In particular, the security patch has a fix for “Dirty PipeBugs that could potentially allow hackers to control your phone by running malicious code through apps that request access to your phone’s files.

Fortunately, none of these vulnerabilities appear to have have been actively exploited yet, even Dirty Pipe, so there is not the same immediacy in installing the patch as there would be if hackers knew how to exploit the vulnerabilities. That said, there have been examples of how Dirty Pipe could be exploited, so it’s probably only a matter of time before hackers decide to go after the bug.

Either way, it’s always good practice to keep your device up to date with the latest security fixes; yyou do not want to compromise your data or privacy because you did not bother to update. Go to to check for the new update to Settings> System> System update.