Why Google’s Pixel April Security Update Is Worth Installing

Google’s latest security update is an important one for Pixel owners, especially considering it reportedly results in big performance gains.

Google has released its monthly Android Pixel security update for April 2021, and early returns suggest this patch is worth installing as soon as possible. The update has been made available for all Pixel devices running Android 11, and began rolling out on April 5. For anyone with a Pixel running Android 11, installing this new software update could significantly increase the performance of their device.

The original Pixel and Pixel XL first hit the smartphone market in October 2016, and Google has since released several editions of the popular mobile device. While predictions and leaks are already circulating about the Google Pixel 6, the previous generations remain more than capable devices and partly due to the previous updates that Google has rolled out to them. Now, reports indicate Google’s own phones are becoming even more useful with the latest software update.

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Reports from Ars Technica and Der Standard‘s Andreas Proschofsky claim that the April 2021 update improves the Pixel GPU so significantly that phones are now experiencing “30-50 percent better” performance. The security update itself did disclose that it added “performance optimizations for certain graphics-intensive apps & games.” That said, Proschofsky notes that it was pretty unheard of for a phone to get such a performance boost after being released. In other words, this looks like an essential update for Pixel phone owners everywhere.

Other Pixel Fixes & Improvements For April

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The much-improved GPU performance may be the highlight of the April security update, but it’s certainly not the only fix Google made to its lineup of Pixel phones. For instance, a camera fix for Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 phones results in improvements to the “camera quality in certain third-party apps.” There is also a connectivity fix, for all Pixel devices dating back to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, that solves an issue where devices would appear as offline when connected to a VPN. Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 devices are also getting a system improvement to prevent them from freezing on the Google logo when starting up, while Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 smartphones are receiving a fix to correct any devices that might be missing the home screen grid settings.

The language Google used to describe some of its improvements was somewhat vague, but the overall message should be crystal clear. This April update is a major one for Pixel owners that not only fixes annoying experiences, but results in big improvements to the way these phones perform on a daily basis. All of which makes Google’s April Android Pixel security update one that’s worth installing as soon as possible.

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Source: Google, Ars Technica, Andreas Proschofsky/Twitter

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