The transition to Android 12 has been difficult for many Android phone lines, with withdrawn updates and unexpected bugs. Even still, the sheer amount of issues with Google’s premium Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices has been surprising. Google announced today that the May 2022 update for Pixel smartphones is already available. It resolves a problem that occurred following the March update on Pixel 6 phones, in which the notification vibration became significantly weaker.
Two changes apply to all Pixel devices from the 3a to the 6, addressing issues that might cause the display to start up without input and a problem that could crash the launcher, while one line is specific to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro:
When we first reported on the change, many individuals indicated they appreciated the weaker notifications, but without confirmation from Google in response to Reddit and its support forum threads, we couldn’t tell if it was an intended adjustment or a bug. I can confirm that the vibrations on my Pixel 6 are significantly stronger when set to maximum after installing the update than they were before.
You should now be able to adjust the strength in the options menu to your liking based on your individual tastes. According to Google, the May 2022 Pixel update will continue to roll out in phases over the next week; however, you may manually sideload it on your device using the web-based Android Flash Tool or a command line. Of course, those actions should only be taken if you’re ready to risk your device, and if you’re not in a hurry, you might want to wait and see if anyone else notices any issues with this latest update.