Google’s June 2021 update is now rolling out for Pixels. This is one of those big every-three-month Feature Drop updates with a whole pile of changes — you can read more about that here. But on top of new changes like astrovideography and a market expansion of existing features, there’s also a handful of fixes for specific problems certain Pixel devices may have run into.
Functional patch notes table for the Pixel series’ June 2021 update.
An issue tied to charging on the Pixel 3 and 4 series, as well as the Pixel 5, has been fixed in this latest update, plus a general issue across the entire Pixel lineup that may have prevented editing for Motion Photos. In case you’re unfamiliar or don’t use the feature, Motion Photos let you capture a short video automatically and together with a photo if it’s enabled, pretty much exactly like Apple’s Live Photos.
A fix for video playback in “certain” third-party apps for the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, which share a chipset, is also included. Lastly, a fix for notification sound “fluctuation” is also present in the June 2021 update for the same device pair.
The update should be rolling out soon, though it isn’t available on our devices just yet, and Google hasn’t published sideloadable OTA downloads at the time of writing. Expect them to land over the next hour or two if history is any indicator.