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Google's Pixel 6 and 6 Pro phones seem to be delayed by March feature drop

Google's Pixel 6 and 6 Pro phones seem to be delayed by March feature drop

Google spokesman Matt Flegal confirmed to The Verge that the rollout begins today, with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro finally getting this month's big feature drop. Google previously rolled out the update for Pixel 3A and 5A on March 7th, but decided to push the update back to Pixel 6 devices to address bug fixes, according to Android Police.

March's feature drop brings better nighttime photography to Snapchat, custom stickers, support for YouTube Watch parties in Google Duo, plus a new Live Captions feature that you can use to communicate without even talking during a phone call. Huh. Huh. We go into more detail about these features in our post about the initial rollout of the update.

The update also brings several bug fixes, including "general improvements" to the stability and performance of the fingerprint sensor as well as battery and thermal performance on the Pixel 6 phone. There's also a promised fix for the Wi-Fi disconnecting problem randomly — a bug that was introduced in the February Update. Google is also rolling out support for Verizon's 5G C-Band on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which will give users access to ultra-wideband frequencies lit up by the carrier in January.

It should come as no surprise that Google has decided to delay this update for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and I don't blame the company for being extra careful. So far, Google's track record with pushing out updates to its flagship phones has been... a bit troubling. Last year, Google shelved a much-anticipated December update for Pixel 6 devices after users reported issues with call drops and the revised version of the update went live in January. And of course, there was the aforementioned February update which did not bode well for everyone.

Here's hoping this update doesn't bring anything new this time around.

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