Auto Rotation Has Been Improved Across Google Pixel Lineup

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Google has improved auto rotation on its Pixel smartphones. The company has started rolling out a January security update to its Pixel smartphones a couple of days ago. This is not something that was initially mentioned, though.

Google opted to improve auto rotation across the Pixel lineup

The company did release more information following the initial announcement, saying that it issued “further improvements for auto-rotation response in certain device orientations”.

Auto rotation on the Google Pixel smartphones was not particularly good. We’ve seen quite a few people complain about that, and this update should fix that. Google’s Pixel devices never did offer great auto rotation response, though. So, let’s hope that the company truly fixed it at this point.


In addition to boosting auto rotation performance, several other notable fixes were mentioned. The Pixel 5 had issues with volume levels, they tended to stay tuned up really high despite issuing different settings to the phone itself.

Auto brightness has been improved for some devices as well

Auto brightness has been improved for the Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 as well. If you’ve had intermittent restarts happening for some apps, that should no longer be an issue either.

A fix for the issue preventing calls on certain MVNO networks is also listed in the changelog. That goes for all phones since the Pixel 3 (XL), actually. The last fix mentioned regards the Pixel 4a 5G, as on some units, the speaker noise was present in certain scenarios.

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The update is rolling out for all devices from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL forward. So, it’s available for nine devices in total. The update is rolling out, and if it is not available to download at the moment, it should become available soon.

If you’d like to check out all the changes we’ve talked about, you can do that via this link. In that table, Google lists “notable fixes” in the January Android security update for Pixel smartphones.