Google is bringing an replace to older Pixel gadgets to repair a harmful bug that stops customers from calling 911, as famous by a submit on a Google support page. The bug stems from an unintended interplay between the Android OS and Microsoft Groups — it solely impacts gadgets with Android 10 or later and will happen if in case you have Groups put in however aren’t signed in.

On the assist web page, Google notes that the replace resolves the “issue preventing emergency calls in certain conditions while some third-party apps are installed.” It’s out there on gadgets operating Android 12 (together with the Pixel 3 and up), however the replace hasn’t rolled out to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional but. Google paused updates for these gadgets following stories of dropped calls when it launched the December replace however says a repair will arrive later this month. Final month, Groups additionally issued an replace to its app to repair the bug, nevertheless, it’s unclear whether or not Google will launch a patch for different Android gadgets that might be affected as properly.

Apart from the 911 calling bug, the Pixel replace additionally fixes a problem that causes the navigation bar to vanish when the system orientation is modified, a picture-in-picture (PIP) window rendering glitch, and a reminiscence leak within the system UI. A repair for the issue that causes the Pixel 6 and 6 Professional to drop calls over Wi-Fi can also be listed, however that also hasn’t been rolled out as a result of aforementioned delay.

Google additionally launched a separate security update, providing some fixes for Pixel gadgets operating Android 11 and above, and as soon as once more excludes the Pixel 6. This features a drawback that causes sure apps to restart intermittently, a problem that blocks customers from making calls on particular MVNO (Cell Digital Community Operator) networks, and in addition improves “auto-rotation response in certain device orientations.”


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