Google has released the Android 12 factory images for users who have already received the Pixel 6a in anticipation of today’s formal launch.
There are now two Pixel 6a builds with the June 2022 designation:
Factory Image OTA Factory Image OTA After applying the April security patch, we evaluated the Pixel 6a (SD2A.220123.051.A3). That obviously dates back three months compared to every other Pixel, and it even triggers a Security Hub warning. The phone runs Android 12L out of the box rather than QPR3 as well.
Google informed us that the August security patch would be the first update and would arrive in a few days, on Monday. Update: Google informed us today that the update was advanced to coincide with the Pixel 6a’s introduction and first day.
These June 2022 builds are strange in comparison to what we anticipated because they haven’t yet started to OTA-update existing devices. For all other phones, there is presently no universal factory image. Google has been contacted by us for further information.
The Pixel 6a, however, cannot be signed up for Android 13 Beta Program as of this morning.
With the use of these pictures, users can return a Pixel 6a with software issues to its initial factory firmware. However, Google claims that sideloading the complete OTA image, which is also accessible right now, is often simpler and safer.
The three-month-old build shows how far along these products are in the production process, with the Pixel 6a having an unusually long wait between its I/O announcement on May 11 and its retail release. Even yet, it’s regrettable that the launch didn’t use the most recent software.
The Pixel 5a was released in late August of last year with the June security patch, while the 2020 Pixel 4a was released in August with the May patch.
The Pixel 6a’s official codename, Bluejay, is confirmed once more by Google’s factory pictures list, which we’ve known about since late July.
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