Google has began to roll out the April Android security update for Pixel phones, and it looks like it has brought some performance improvements for the most recent devices. Google says the update includes “ performance optimizations for certain graphics-intensive apps and games ” on the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G, and, like noticed by XDA Developers, some testers notice significantly improved GPU performance on the Pixel 5.
Anandtech earlier found it that the Pixel 5 achieved much worse GPU performance than other phones with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip. Now, the reviewer of the site, Andrei Frumusanu says that performance on its Pixel 5 has “essentially doubled” from the review’s initial numbers and is now “in line or better than other 765G phones.” Benchmarks don’t necessarily translate to real-world results, of course, but coupled with Google’s reference to optimizations for graphics-intensive apps, it sounds like GPU performance should be better with the new release.
In addition, Google says the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G should receive “camera quality improvements” in some third-party apps. There is also a fix for a startup freeze error on Pixel 4 and 5 devices, as well as a fix for missing home network settings on the Pixel 3 and 4 generations of phones.