Google has initiated the first 2024 update for its Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones, slightly delayed by two days due to the New Year falling on a Monday. Primarily aimed at rectifying issues within the camera functionality and the User Interface (UI), this update resolves specific concerns affecting these key areas, as reported by 9To5Google.
The update covers multiple devices, with a focus on the Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8, followed by the Pixel Fold and other compatible devices. A key guide has been provided to aid users in interpreting the changelog effectively:
Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8
Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8, Pixel Fold
Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro
Regarding the camera fix, this update addresses incidents where users faced Camera app crashes under specific conditions, with the exclusion of the Pixel Tablet. On the UI front, the update tackles a flashing black screen issue observed during video playback in particular circumstances. Moreover, it addresses the problem encountered by some users unable to exit the Setup Wizard and issues related to the home screen wallpaper displaying as black under certain conditions.
Throughout its history, the Pixel 8 series has been notable for consistent updates and feature enhancements. This latest release emphasizes augmenting the overall user experience. While the current update predominantly targets Camera and UI problems, users are advised to anticipate further updates as Google continues refining and optimizing its flagship devices.
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