Google updates Pixel 6 fingerprint reader, confirms slow 23 W charging

The Pixel 6 Pro.

Enlarge / The Pixel 6 Pro. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Now that the Pixel 6 has been out for a few weeks, Google has started to address some of the common complaints about the device.

First up, there’s a new update out there addressing the fingerprint reader, which some people have had problems with. The November security update for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is build number “SD1A.210817.036,” which this most recent fingerprint update increments by one, to end up with build “SD1A.210817.037.” Google hasn’t officially said what the build does, but Verizon posted a changelog for build 037, which says: “The current software update improves the performance of your device’s fingerprint sensor.”

The update is 14.5MB if you’re coming from the November security patch. Not everyone was having problems with the fingerprint sensor, but the thread about it on the /r/GooglePixel subreddit seems to have mostly positive impressions after installing. It feels like the update is on a pretty slow rollout. Even if you’re on the older build, pressing the “check for update” button won’t pull it down automatically like normal. The OTA is available for manual download on Google’s Pixel site, so your options are to manually apply it (instructions are at the top of that page) or wait longer.

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