Google’s January 2022 Android Security update is here for (most) Pixel smartphones | #android | #security

It’s no secret that Google fumbled with its massive December update for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro with multiple serious issues being experienced by users. While Pixel 6 series owners wait for the end of January for Google to release the fixed firmware, this month’s Android Security Update is read to download the other Pixel phones that are still in their support period.

Eligible devices for the January 2022 update include the following handsets:

  • Pixel 3a (XL): SQ1A.220105.002
  • Pixel 4 (XL): SQ1A.220105.002
  • Pixel 4a: SQ1A.220105.002
  • Pixel 4a (5G): SQ1A.220105.002
  • Pixel 5: SQ1A.220105.002
  • Pixel 5a (5G): SQ1A.220105.002

The January 2022 update includes bug fixes and improvements for Pixel users – see below for some notable improvements.


  • Fix for issue causing screen to unlock after the missed call when no screen lock is set.

Network & Telephony

  • General fixes & improvements for network
  • Fix for issues preventing emergency calls in certain conditions while some third-party apps are installed.


  • Fix for issue preventing Pixel Stand set up to start after updating apps in certain conditions.


  • Fix for issue causing incorrect data usage accounting in Network menu on some networks.

User Interface

  • Fix for issue causing a black frame to appear when dismissing the Assistant overlay on the lock screen
  • Fix for issue causing memory leak in system UI under certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing navigation bar to be hidden when switching device orientation in certain conditions.
  • Fix for issue causing PIP window to render incorrectly for certain apps.


  • Fix for issue causing Wi-Fi network to drop connection in certain conditions.

The OTA is already rolling out but you simply can’t wait, you can download the factory image or OTA file for your device to flash manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the file, you can flash it to your Pixel handset via the Android Flash Tool which can be found here.

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