Report: June 2017 Patch Fixes Google Pixel Freezing Issues

The June Android Security Update ships with a number of improvements on top of vulnerability fixes, including a solution for a known bug causing the Google Pixel and Pixel XL to freeze at seemingly random times, the Mountain View, California-based Internet giant said earlier this week. The software update for Pixel devices started rolling out on Monday, with some owners of Google's 2016 flagship duo confirming that freezing issues have seemingly been fixed with this firmware build. One representative of the Alphabet-owned company took to the firm's product forums to state that not all problems may have been eliminated with the latest update due to the fact that software failures that lead to freezing can be caused by a wide variety of issues. However, the company now addressed a broad range of such culprits and is hoping that the result of its efforts will lead to a more stable end user experience, as implied by the aforementioned Googler.

Users running the latest Android Security Update who are still experiencing software issues — especially those that slow down performance or render the Pixel and Pixel XL unresponsive — are encouraged to send feedback to Google using official channels for communicating with the company, including its support pages. The firm didn't go into many details regarding the exact tweaks and changes it introduced in an effort to improve the performance of various Pixel and Pixel XL units and it remains to be seen whether it opts to do so in the future.

Originally introduced last October, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the first handsets advertised as being "made by Google," featuring stock Android and the company's proprietary imaging software. While the devices are essentially spiritual successors of the Nexus-series phones, their release also marked a radical change in Google's product strategy that saw the company put a larger focus on its hardware unit in an effort to differentiate its business portfolio and revenue sources. According to recent reports, Google is working on three second-generation Pixel devices that the company will likely announce this fall, and more details on its upcoming products are expected to follow shortly.

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