Some Google Pixel 3 owners are reporting improved storage performance after latest software update
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Google’s March update has apparently been improving the storage performance on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. Users of the smartphones have been taking to Reddit to share their experiences, and some of the differences in benchmark results are quite astounding. Fortunately, a redditor called UnbeatableWideness posted an AndroBench screenshot that showed a comparison between February and March. The sequential read test on this specific device improved from 495.15 MB/s to 646.86 MB/s, while the sequential write test result also increased, from 206.63 MB/s to 230.2 MB/s.
Even more surprising results for this particular user could be found in the random read and write benchmarks. For February, the results posted were 50.43 MB/s (read) and just 9.55 MB/s (write), respectively. However, thanks to the March OTA update, that Google Pixel 3 smartphone owner is now enjoying rates of 125.91 MB/s (read) and a greatly enhanced 129.96 MB/s (write). (Note: When we reviewed the Pixel 3 in November, our test device’s random write/read results were much higher than this particular user's scores.)
The Pixel 3 optimizations continued right across the AndroBench SQLite benchmarks too (see image below), leaving users feeling pleased that their choice of smartphone now had better-performing storage. The reported lag issue Pixel 3 owners were having when opening the camera app seems to have also been solved by the software update. Obviously, different Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners will experience varying rates of increase in storage performance for their respective devices, but even a slight improvement is nothing to be sniffed at.