Following the successful rollout of a comprehensive platform update and Pixel Feature Drop in June, the eagerly awaited July Pixel update is now available, marking one of the final updates for Android 13. Although anticipated to be relatively modest compared to last month’s release, this update is expected to provide essential enhancements and resolve any remaining bugs, ensuring a smooth transition towards the upcoming Android 14 release.
The eligible devices for the Android 13 July update include the Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, 5, 5a, 6, 6 Pro, 6a, 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Pixel Fold, and Pixel Tablet. These devices will receive the latest update, ensuring they benefit from the latest features and improvements.
Interestingly, it seems that on-device over-the-air (OTA) updates began rolling out before Google made the complete factory/OTA images or changelog available. This situation mirrors a similar occurrence that took place during the release of Android 14 Beta 3 last month. While it may be an unexpected sequence of events, it showcases that the OTA updates were prioritized and made accessible to users promptly, even before the official documentation was made widely available.
The Android 13 July patch, specifically dated 2023-07-01, resolves a total of 26 security issues, with varying degrees of severity ranging from moderate to critical. Furthermore, an additional patch dated 2023-07-05 addresses 20 security vulnerabilities. In addition to these fixes, the dedicated bulletin for Google devices specifically outlines an extra 14 security patches that are specific to Google devices. These combined efforts aim to enhance the security and overall stability of the Android operating system, ensuring a safer user experience.
Regarding bug fixes, there are no major issues to report for devices other than the Pixel Tablet. However, for Google’s first ever tablet, the Pixel Tablet, the following bug fixes have been listed:
- Battery & Charging: General improvements related to charging, battery usage, or thermal performance under specific conditions.
- User Interface: Resolution of an issue that occasionally caused lock screen notification text to be displayed behind unlock UI elements.
These fixes aim to enhance the overall performance, usability, and user experience of the Pixel Tablet.
Google is expected to initiate the over-the-air (OTA) update process shortly, making the updates available through the Settings menu by navigating to Settings > System > System update. However, if you prefer to update manually and don’t want to wait for the OTA rollout, you can access each factory image or OTA file by following the provided links.
If you require instructions on how to flash a factory image, you can find plenty of detailed guidelines over the internet. Similarly, if you need instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, you can refer to the corresponding guidelines for assistance. Hit the following links to grab the update based on your handset.
- Pixel Tablet: TQ3A.230705.001.B4 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 7a: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 7 Pro: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 7: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6a: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6 Pro: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 5a: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 5: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a 5G: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a: TQ3A.230705.001 — Factory Image — OTA