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Google Pixel 6a: Day 1 patch released with Android 13 Beta support outlined

The Pixel 6a has already received its first update. (Image source: Google)
The Pixel 6a has already received its first update. (Image source: Google)
Google has rolled out a Day 1 patch for the Pixel 6a, its latest mid-range smartphone. Equipped with a Google Tensor chipset, the Pixel 6a features the same SoC as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google has also confirmed when the Pixel 6a should be eligible for Android 13 Beta builds.

Google has already released an update for the Pixel 6a, a day after the smartphone began shipping in over a dozen countries. Still available to order with a complimentary pair of Pixel Buds A-Series, there were reports of malfunctioning fingerprint readers in some early units. In a blog post, Google explains:

We have provided the first security update for Pixel 6a. The rollout begins today and will continue over the next week in phases, depending on carrier networks. Users will receive a notification once the OTA becomes available for their device.

For context, the Pixel 6a ships with the April 2022 set of security patches. While this is typical for a Pixel smartphone, Verizon states that SD2A.220601 only brings the Pixel 6a up to the June 2022 security patch. With the August patch around the corner, we imagine that Google will update the Pixel 6a again fairly quickly.

Purportedly, Google had planned to issue the device's first update in early August; it remains to be seen why Google brought this forward a week. Separately, Google informed 9to5Google that the Pixel 6a will soon be eligible for the Android 13 Beta Program. Having released Android 13 Beta 4.1 a few days ago to mop up a few outstanding bugs, 9to5Google reports that Android 13 Beta builds will be available on the Pixel 6a from next week. At the time of writing, Google has not added the Pixel 6a to the list of Android Beta eligible devices.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-07-29 (Update: 2022-07-29)