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Pixel 5 update brings massive GPU performance boost

Google Pixel 5 flagship gets GPU boost with April 2021 software update (Source: Google)
Google Pixel 5 flagship gets GPU boost with April 2021 software update (Source: Google)
The April 2021 security update for the Google Pixel series comes with connectivity, camera, and stability improvements for the entire lineup, but the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G get a noticeable gaming performance boost. However, the new patch arrives after the first stable Android 11 update which unfortunately came with a decline in performance.

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Last month, Google released the first stable Android 11 update for the Google Pixel series. Sadly, that piece of code came with severe performance penalties in multiple areas. Now, it looks like everything has been fixed and multiple Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G users are reporting impressive improvements in the GPU performance sector.

Tech editor Andreas Proschofsky reported that his Pixel 5 "is now getting way better results in 3DMark." He continued by revealing that the benchmark results are 30 - 50 percent higher than what he got when the phone was on the March update. PCMark Work results are also slightly better, but nothing impressive. 

Anandtech's Andrei F. also confirmed that "performance has been essentially doubled from the scores published there, and in line or better than other 765G phones. Tested on Pixel 5."

Unfortunately, it took Google almost 6 months to finally push the performance of its Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G-driven handset in line with the other devices that use it, and most likely slightly better in various scenarios thanks to the highly optimized software environment. However, one can't help but wonder why a company like Google would release a handset without polishing the software first. Do you think that Google rushed the Pixel 5 to the market? Let us know your opinion in the comments section.

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Andreas Proschofsky (on Twitter)

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Codrut Nistor, 2021-04- 6 (Update: 2021-04- 6)