March Google Pixel update w/ Android 13 QPR2, feature drop late

Historically, Google updates its Pixel phones on the first Monday of the month at 10 p.m. It’s today, but there’s still no March update in an unexpected delay for the Google Pixel.

Update 1: From As of 10:30am PT, there is still no Pixel update, but the Android Security Bulletin – March 2023 has been published. There are 31 security issues fixed in the Android March 13 patch dated 2023-03-01 and 29 for 2023-03-05.

As always, Google’s post links to the March 2023 Pixel Update Bulletin, but that page is not yet live.

As usual, there are zero blogs from Google announcing the March update for Pixel phones, while there are no new factory or OTA images.

Although the update doesn’t roll out immediately for some phones, Google usually still details the release. For example, the Tensor-powered Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in 2021 often received their updates — factory images and OTAs on the device — a few weeks after older phones.

A recent example of Google deviating from the norm was last August, but that was because Android 13 arrived in the middle of that month. Google made no announcements on Monday, August 1, and waited until Thursday, August 4 to roll out an “extra update” just for the Pixel 6 series and 6a. The Android 13 update for all remaining phones arrived on Monday, August 15.

It is not clear what is causing this delay or how long it will last. Android 13 QPR2 normally went through the Android Beta program and is not the biggest update in terms of user-facing changes. One possibility is that Google found a showstopper bug that derailed today’s update.


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