Google’s Wi-Fi Solution for the Pixel 6 is Coming Soon
Google’s Pixel 6 and 6 Pro phones have not had the smoothest ride since their launch back in October of 2021. While the devices pack some high-end features like the ultra-fast Google Tensor SoC, a powerful array of cameras, large batteries and a premium design, they have been subject to a lot of software and performance issues that have been making the rounds on the internet for the past few months.
More recently, Wi-Fi performance has been the latest addition to the myriad of issues faced by some Pixel users. While other Pixel 6 and 6 Pro users have had little to no problems in using their devices, some have reported that the February 2022 update affected the Wi-Fi performance of their phones. On the other hand, the issue seems non-existent for users of older Pixel devices such as the 4a and 4a 5G, and others who received the February update.
Some users have gone to Social Media to share their experiences with the Wi-Fi issue on their Pixel phones. It appears that the Wi-Fi toggle turns off by itself when the device is not being used, or in standby mode. Some users have tried to alleviate the issue by restarting their devices, temporarily activating Airplane mode for a few minutes, and even resetting the device entirely. Others meanwhile have reported that enrolling their Pixel 6 or 6 Pro in the Android 12L Beta program and updating to the beta version of 12L has fixed the issue for them. Google did issue a mid-February update but it didn’t seem to address the Wi-Fi bug unfortunately.
As far as the issue is concerned, Google did acknowledge the bug and said that while only a small number of users have been affected, they are working on a solution which will be addressed in the March update for the Pixel 6 phones. In a Reddit post regarding the software issue, Google confirmed that the March update will come with a software fix.
The update seems to have been delayed unfortunately, adding to the list of inconveniences that users are having. Pixel software and security updates typically launch within the first week of the month, and while the March update arrived for owners of older Pixel devices, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners are still waiting for the latest March update. This is not the first Pixel 6 update to be delayed, as the January 2022 update for the Pixel 6 Pro also arrived a bit later for some Pixel users.
A lot of users are speculating that the update and other software problems might be having trouble due to the still-new Google Tensor SoC, which debuted alongside the Pixel 6 series. It should be said that Google has mostly used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of processors for their previous Pixel phones, and the arrival of Tensor signified a big change in their approach to smartphones and hardware.
Meanwhile, others are attributing the bugs to Android 12, known for its massive overhaul in features and the user interface. The Wi-Fi bug is only one of several reports of software problems that have plagued the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, in addition to earlier reports of loss of data services, lag and freezing, among other issues. Some of the software problems do not seem too widespread however as other users have reported that they’ve been able to use their Pixel 6 and 6 Pro without any serious problems.
Another issue that posed a problem for some users was the performance of the fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which Google also addressed in a software update, although some users have reported that the issue was not fixed at all.
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro launched back in October 2021, and take their place as Google’s latest flagship devices, replacing the older Pixel 5. Both phones come with the new Google Tensor chip, which was developed by the company in partnership with Samsung. Google also opted to go with an entirely new hardware design for the phones, which forego the earlier design language which was used for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 phones.
With all that said, fingers crossed that we will finally see the March update soon for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and that the new update fixes the Wi-Fi issue along with other software bugs on the phones. Visit our YouTube channel and website for more tech news, features and info on your favorite smartphones, gadgets, and more.