Notebookcheck Logo

Google October update could be the last for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

The Pixel 4 series contained a few innovations that Google has since ditched. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
The Pixel 4 series contained a few innovations that Google has since ditched. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
Google has released the October update for Pixel smartphones, including the recent Pixel 6a. While it has reached the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, it appears to be the pair's last guaranteed update, three years on from their release.

Last month, it emerged that Google had dropped the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL from the Android 13 Quarterly Platform Release (QPR1). Having entered beta last month, QPR1 should reach stable status later this year, although it is unclear when yet. While Google is testing new features in QPR1 Beta 1, it has started rolling out the October update for Pixel smartphones, which bundles new security patch updates.

Also onboard is a raft of bug fixes. According to Google's support document, the October update focuses on addressing audio, connectivity, UI and Wi-Fi issues. As far as we can tell, all but the first bug fix apply across eligible Pixel smartphones, with the Pixel 6 series exempt here. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Audio

    • Fix for issue occasionally causing audible humming or noise artifacts during calls while using wired headsets
    • Fix for issue preventing device volume controls in media player notification to work under certain conditions  

  • Connectivity

    • Fix for issue causing launcher crash when connecting to VPN in certain conditions 

  • User Interface

    • Fix for issue causing compatibility issues with certain app widgets in Android 13
    • Fix for issue causing media player to display default icon for certain media apps
    • Fix for issue occasionally causing device crash when playing audio from local storage
    • Fix for issue occasionally causing empty Quick Settings tiles to display in notification shade
    • Fix for issue occasionally causing Work Profile toggle button to appear truncated in app drawer

  • Wi-Fi

    • Fix for issue occasionally preventing available Wi-Fi networks from displaying in network selection menu in certain apps

Unfortunately for Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL owners, this month's update may also be the last for their former flagships. Typically, Google releases a final update to its devices, as was the case with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. However, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are only guaranteed updates of any kind until the end of the month. Hence, the pair may forever be on TP1A.221005.002, for better or worse. Thankfully, Google will still roll out app and some system updates through the Play Store, at least until Android 13 support ceases. 

Source(s)

Read all 2 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
.170
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2022 10 > Google October update could be the last for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
Alex Alderson, 2022-10- 4 (Update: 2022-11- 8)