The year in Pixel updates gets underway today with the Android 13 January security patch for the Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, 5, 5a, 6, 6 Pro, 6a, 7 and 7 Pro.
There are 20 security issues resolved in the Android 13 January patch dated 2023-01-01 and 40 for 2023-01-05. Vulnerabilities range from high to critical.
In the most recent Android Security & Privacy Year in Review, Google notes that “no critical security vulnerabilities affecting the Android platform were publicly disclosed without a security update or mitigation available for Android devices.” Additionally, there was an 84% year-over-year jump in security patches during Q4 2018 compared to the prior year.
The dedicated bulletin for Google devices lists eight additional security fixes, with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro featuring their own build for Australia’s Telstra.
- Pixel 7 Pro: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 7: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.001.A2 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6a: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.001.A2 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6 Pro: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 5a: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 5: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a 5G: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a: Android 13 — TQ1A.230105.001 — Factory Image — OTA
Pixel 7 gets seven fixes and additions with January 2023 update
After rolling out the January 2023 update for the Pixel 7 this morning, Google has detailed what’s fixed and added, as well as listing other currently supported phones.
The Pixel 7 benefits from everything, including improved under-display fingerprint performance, which is also for the Pixel 6a.
Use the following device key to interpret the Pixel January 2023 changelog:
Fixes are available for all supported Pixel devices unless otherwise indicated below.
* Included on Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro
* Included on Pixel 6a, Pixel 7
Add support for Spatial Audio with certain devices and accessories *
Additional improvements for fingerprint recognition and response in certain conditions *
Fix for issue occasionally preventing certain Bluetooth Low Energy devices or accessories from pairing or reconnecting
Fix for issue preventing audio from playing over certain headphones or accessories while connected in certain conditions
Fix for issue occasionally causing captured photos to appear corrupted or distorted while zoomed in *
Display & Graphics
Fix for issue occasionally preventing display from waking or appearing turned off while device is powered on *
Fix for issue occasionally causing UI to display in landscape layout while device is held in portrait mode