Google has started rolling out the April Android security update for Pixel phones, and it looks like itâ€™s brought some performance improvements to the most recent devices. Google says the update includes â€śperformance optimizations for certain graphics-intensive apps and gamesâ€ť on the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G, and, as noted by XDA Developers, some testers are noticing substantially improved GPU performance on the Pixel 5.
Anandtech previously found that the Pixel 5 turned in much worse GPU results than other phones using the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip. Now, the siteâ€™s reviewer Andrei Frumusanu says that performance on his Pixel 5 has been â€śessentially doubledâ€ť from the reviewâ€™s initial figures and is now â€śin line or better than other 765G phones.â€ť Benchmarks donâ€™t necessarily translate into real-world results, of course, but combined with Googleâ€™s reference to optimizations for graphics-intensive apps, it does sound like GPU performance should be better with the new release.
In addition, Google says that the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G should receive â€śimprovements to camera qualityâ€ť in some third-party apps. Thereâ€™s also a fix for a startup freezing bug on Pixel 4 and 5 devices, as well as one for missing home grid settings on the Pixel 3 and 4 generations of phones.