Update your pixel now to remove these errors

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Google’s Android 12 security patch for the month of May is here. If you have a Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro (including XL variants), you should see this update on your device shortly. While it’s called the security patch, the update doesn’t just fix security flaws; also resolves these three bugs you might have run into.

Let’s start with the squashed bugs (may they rest in peace). The May security patch includes fixes for just three of them this time, affecting your Pixel’s display and graphics, sensors, and UI:

  • Display / Graphics: Fixed issue that would occasionally cause the screen to wake up without user interaction.
  • Sensors: Improvements to haptic feedback under certain conditions and use cases (Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro only).
  • User interface: Fixed issue that caused the launcher to crash after restarting the device under certain conditions.

If you noticed that the screen starts up without your input, that should stop after this update. Similarly, haptic feedback on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro should now work better than before, and the Pixel launcher should be more stable.

That’s it for the bug department. Before you run to Google, complaining about the other bugs on your Pixel that this update doesn’t fix, don’t worry: ANAccording to 9to5Googlenext month’s update, Android 12 QPR3 should come with a number of bug fixes.

However, you should still install the May security patch, even if you don’t mind fixing any of the three bugs listed here. Based on the May 1, 2022 and May 5, 2022 patches, Google patched 37 vulnerabilities in total. In particular, the security patch introduces a fix for the “dirty pipe”, which could allow hackers to control your phone by executing malicious code through applications that request access to files on your phone.

Fortunately, none of these vulnerabilities appear to have it’s still been actively exploited, including Dirty Pipe, so there isn’t the same immediacy to patching as there would be if hackers knew how to exploit vulnerabilities. That said, there have been examples of how Dirty Pipe could be exploited, so it’s likely only a matter of time before hackers decide to look for the flaw.

Regardless, it’s always good practice to keep your device up to date with the latest security patches; YYou don’t want to compromise your data or your privacy because you didn’t bother to update. To check for the new update, go for Settings > System > System update.


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