Google Pixel 6a, Pixel 4a Receiving Android 13 Software Update in India

Android 13 update brings new features, improvements, and visual updates to Pixel devices

Google Pixel 6a, Pixel 4a Receiving Android 13 Software Update in India

Android 13 is now available for your Pixel device

Highlights
  • Android 13 is now rolling out to Pixel devices in India
  • The software update varies in size according to device
  • Users cannot rollback to an older version in case of Pixel 6 series

After announcing the rollout of Android 13 for its Pixel devices on August 15, Google has finally started pushing out software updates for its Pixel smartphones in India. The updates bring plenty of new features and performance improvements along with some visual updates as well. Google currently only sells the Pixel 6a and the Pixel 4a in the country. The latest Pixel 6a is equipped with a Tensor SoC and features a dual rear camera setup. The Pixel 6 series isn't officially available for purchase in India.

Android 13 update availability and size

Gadgets 360 has independently confirmed that the recently launched Pixel 6a and the older Pixel 4a models, which are officially available in India have begun receiving their respective Android 13 updates.

We have also confirmed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models that were not officially sold in India have also begun receiving the Android 13 software update. The update varies in size depending on the device. The update for the budget Pixel 4a is just 855MB, while the Pixel 6a's update is bigger at 1.06GB. The Android 13 update for the Pixel 6 and Pro is around 1.25GB. As always it recommended that you backup your phone before installing the update.

Android 13 update issues

As mentioned in a previous report, users of Google's Pixel 6 series of devices will not be able to roll back to Android 12 in case they aren't happy with the performance of the Android 13 update, because the bootloader gets updated as well and increments the anti-roll back version, basically preventing users from downgrading back to Android 12 altogether.

Users of the Pixel 4a and below will still be able to roll-back to older software. As per the same report, some users have been experiencing some issues to do with wireless charging after upgrading to Android 13. The update seems to break the wireless charging functionality altogether for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro along with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL smartphones.

Android 13 features

Android 13 brings several performance improvements, bug fixes and new features to Google's Pixel smartphones. Key among these are the newly expanded themed app icons that will match the phone's wallpaper, an updated media player with album artwork and a new playback bar, the ability to assign different languages to individual apps and more control over notifications.


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  • KEY SPECS
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  • Display
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Storage 128GB
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Resolution 1080x2400 pixels
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Sheldon Pinto
Sheldon Pinto is based in Mumbai, and has several years of experience in reviewing smartphones and gadgets. As a Senior Reviewer at Gadgets 360, you will always find him deeply immersed in his reviews, switching from one phone to another. When the battery dies out, Sheldon is always browsing the web for a good sci-fi movie or reading up on cars and bikes. He also loves creating lists of interesting places to eat and travel. Sheldon is available on Twitter at @shellshocd, and you can mail him at ...More
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