Pixel January 2023 update is inbound

One of the many awesome things about having a Pixel is that you get your updates right away.

Every month Google lets out a little update to their community and only 3 days into this month it's hit mine.

It hasn't come to the Pixel Watch as of yet, even tho' I've tried the trick.  I know that watches aren't on the same monthly track as phones.  *sigh*

Some of the big update notes here are that the 7 devices are getting their spatial audio update for Pixel Buds Pro.  The idea is that while watching media it should be tracking your head to adjust the sound to make you feel more like you're in that media.

Here are the other quick notes:

What's included

The January 2023 update includes bug fixes and improvements for Pixel users see below for details.


Add support for Spatial Audio with certain devices and accessories *[1]


Additional improvements for fingerprint recognition and response in certain conditions *[2]


• Fix for issue occasionally preventing certain Bluetooth Low Energy devices or accessories from pairing or reconnecting

• Fix for issue preventing audio from playing over certain headphones or accessories while connected in certain conditions


• Fix for issue occasionally causing captured photos to appear corrupted or distorted while zoomed in *[3]

Display & Graphics

• Fix for issue occasionally preventing display from waking or appearing turned off while device is powered on *[3]

User Interface

Fix for issue occasionally causing UI to display in landscape layout while device is held in portrait mode

Fixes are available for all supported Pixel devices unless otherwise indicated below.

 *[1] Included on Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro

*[2] Included on Pixel 6a, Pixel 7

*[3] Included on Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro

I hope that 'wake' fix is the one I've noticed; where if you just leave it laying down too long sometimes it just doesn't want to wake up unless you physically hit the power button.