After months of nasty bugs, the Google Pixel 6’s range is now pretty good. However, with a recent software update, Google has taken two steps forward and one step back, adding a variety of new features, but changing tactile feedback in ways that users don’t like. But now it looks like the changes are being rolled back.
The May 2022 Google Pixel Update Currently under development, one of the changes is listed as “Improved Tactile Feedback under Specific Conditions and Use Cases”. This change applies specifically to the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, so it’s clear that Google itself is designed to address issues created in recent updates.
Perhaps this new update will make the vibrations stronger, as users have noticed that the removal of features in March has made them too soft, but they are not specified in the change log.
In any case, this is not the only change included in the May 2022 update. Fixed an issue where all supported phones (meaning Google Pixel 3a and above) could also wake up the display automatically, and a bug that could cause the launcher to crash after restarting the phone. I’m getting a fix.
There are other security fixes that are always worth getting, but there are no new features included here.
Please note that the update is currently available. However, it may take several days or more to reach all Pixel smartphones.
Analysis: Unnecessary features, not bugs
One of the interesting aspects of the vibration change is that Google lists it as an “improvement” rather than a fix. This suggests that the company does not consider previous changes to be bugs.
At the time, there was a lot of speculation about whether weak tactile sensations were intentional changes, and some users even felt more “naturalistic” and even preferred them.
Given the wording of this May update, the weak vibrations may have been intentional, and Google seems to be undoing in response to user feedback (the overwhelming majority are negative). .. Or it’s a bug and the company doesn’t own it.