What you need to know
- Google began rolling out the April 2020 security patch to its Pixel phones on April 6.
- This month's patch includes Bluetooth and framework fixes.
- Pixel 4 owners also get a new toggle for face unlock to only work if your eyes are open.
Just like clockwork, Google is using the new month of April to push out a new security patch to its Pixel smartphones. The April 2020 patch began rolling out to devices on April 6, and this month, there's nothing too terribly exciting to see (at least on the surface).
Taking a look at the Pixel Phone Help forum, Google calls out three notable updates — all of which are bug fixes and not new features.
There are fixes for two Bluetooth issues, one of which was preventing additional Bluetooth Low Energy connections while the other patches an issue with Bluetooth audio input being dropped in "certain scenarios."
The third and final update is a framework fix, specifically, a fix for lag when opening the keyboard in certain applications.
Although not called out in the forum post, playing with the April 2020 patch on our Pixel 4 units revealed that this update also adds the long-awaited toggle for face unlock to only work if your eyes are open. This is something we've been asking for ever since the Pixel 4 debuted back in October, so it's great to see it finally make an appearance.
Google is rolling out an over-the-air update for the April 2020 patch right now, with eligible devices including the Pixel 2/2 XL, Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, and Pixel 4/4 XL.
You seemed to have missed the Pixel 4 and 4XL got the eyes open requirement on this update for facial recognition.
That's mentioned in the article.
Got it on my AT&T Pixel 4 XL. I can't believe they just skipped over the fact that the "eyes-open" requirement for Face Unlock was finally was released in this update; that aggravating lag in Google Search also seems to finally be gone as well.
They didn't skip over it. It's mentioned in the article.
I've noticed that wi-fi reliability has gone down on my Pixel 3 with the March update. Hopefully it improves a bit with the April update.
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