If you’ve been waiting for the Pixel 6 December update, which began rolling out to users on the 13th, then prepare to keep waiting! In a now-deleted post on its Support Forum, Google now says that the December update is delayed until late January due to a bug that causes calls to drop or disconnect. In other words, the December update is effectively canceled.
Update, 12/30/21 1:11 pm Eastern: Google re-uploaded its announcement, confirming that the Pixel 6 December update is delayed. We’re not sure why Google deleted this announcement in the first place, as the re-uploaded version contains no changes. As for our request for a comment—the company simply sent us the re-uploaded announcement instead.
Oh, and in a separate support update, Google now confirms that 23-watt wireless charging will come to the new Pixel Stand in the late January update.
We’re not sure why Google deleted this announcement—perhaps it wants to reword things a bit or address some newly-discovered Pixel 6 bugs. That said, the Pixel 6 rollout has been incredibly slow, and rumors of a delay have floated around for weeks. While Google may have accidentally published its support post, the “delay” itself seems purposeful.
The Pixel team paused the December software update to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices after some users reported calls were dropping or disconnecting. We have now identified a fix that will roll out in a software update by late January. This update will also include all the fixes and improvements that were originally planned in December.
In its deleted announcement, Google suggests that Pixel 6 owners experiencing networking issues use the Android Flash Tool to revert back to an older software version. I suggest following these instructions, as dropped calls can be very dangerous during an emergency.
We’ve reached out to Google for some clarification and will update this article with new information as it comes to light.
Source: Deleted Google Support Post