Google Pixel phones in India are now getting a new software update, which is labeled T2B2.221216.006. This update brings 5G support with improved download and upload speeds for the Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel 6a phones in India. There’s a small twist that it is not a stable update or any security update.
A couple of days ago, Google confirmed that they will enable 5G support for the aforementioned Pixel phones by the end of the first quarter of 2023. Google was supposed to release this 5G support in December, but they missed that timeline.
Google recently released the Android 13 QPR 2 Beta 2 update for the eligible Pixel phones yesterday, and it has unlocked the 5G support on Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel phones on Airtel and Jio, which are two of the biggest carriers covering all cities in India. Jio claims they have the largest and best mix of 5G spectrum across 700 MHz, 3,500 MHz and 26 GHz bands. With 5G support, you will be getting maximum download speeds over 700Mbps or 0.7Gbps. On average, you will see around 500Mbps download speeds.
In case you are wondering, these QPR (Quarterly Platform Release) betas should be more stable than the initial Developer Previews for new versions of Android and don’t carry any bugs. That means these build are safe to install for general use and include “the next round of bug fixes and improvements to stability and performance.” You first need to enroll into beta program to grab this update. Or else, you can also stay from this half-baked software build.
If you have already enrolled into the QPR beta program, and if you’re impatient and want to check for it now, go to Settings > System > System Update > and check for the update.