Google accidentally sent Verizon’s Android 12 to unlocked Pixel customers

Google accidentally sent Verizon's Android 12 to unlocked Pixel customers

Tech Highlights:

  • A quick version number check revealed that the update being pushed out to Pixels new and old, is the one meant for Verizon phones with the latest November security patches. It seems that Verizon may have given a range of serial numbers too wide for Google to push the carrier-specific firmware to many who are not Big Red’s subscribers, but rather have unlocked Pixel phones, or vice versa.

  • Many Pixel owners are reporting today that they received an odd OTA update on their phones asking them to upgrade to the latest Android 12 version. The kicker is that they are already on Android 12, Material You, and are showing up on devices as old as the Pixel 3a. Furthermore, the upgrade is 1.8GB in size and smells like a full firmware change rather than a simple bug fix and security patch kit.

In any case, if you see a build number SP1A.211105.002.A1/7807550 being pushed to your trusty Pixel 4, for instance, don’t fall for it, and don’t install any firmware just short of two gigs if you have already gotten Android 12 on your unlocked Pixel handset.

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