Back in the last week, Google brought the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. For the first time in years, the company announced the Pro variant that has beefy specifications. However, as far as the software features are related, both devices are identical. For the first time ever, Google is introducing a proprietary chipset, the Tensor SoC with its smartphones. There are a lot of software features that rely on the AI capabilities of this chipset. The search giant didn’t focus on the technical aspects of the handset. Instead, it highlighted the software features. According to a report, the day one update will bring all the advertised features.
Shipments for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will start tomorrow. Once users receive their smartphones and start to set them up, they will be prompted with a software update. This firmware comes with firmware version SD1A.210817.036.A8 for Verizon customers and SD1A.210817.036 for the rest. The update will be downloaded automatically in the background once the device setup is complete. However, it does not happen, then you’ll need to navigate to the Phone’s Settings menu and hit the System >> Software update sub-menu.
Google makes it clear that the update should not hit all eligible devices tomorrow. As usual, this will be a staged rollout and may take a few days to hit all the eligible smartphones. If you do not get it on your Pixel 6 after the unboxing, the update may not be available for download. However, in a few days, the update should cover the entire lineup.
Pixel 6 and 6 Pro journey starts this week
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro come to offer the best in terms of software and hardware advancements from Google. The duo of smartphones pack Google’s in-house Tensor chipset that comes with advanced AI capabilities and will be behind some of the company’s most advanced technologies for camera and recognition. The Pixel 6 Pro is the most advanced Pixel smartphone to date. It comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate, and also has a high-resolution camera, a 48 MP telephoto camera, and UWB support. Moreover, it’s the first Pixel smartphone in years to have a battery that can be put aside what other smartphone makers are offering.
The devices have a long path to trace and the upcoming weeks will be vital to determine if they will be successful or not. If you recall, some Pixel smartphone launches were quite problematic once they start to reach users. There were several issues with audio and call quality in the Pixel 2 series, for example. Time and user feedback will tell if this will be a smooth launch or if the new hardware will be problematic.