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Google resumes Pixel 6 updates; told by appeal court NDA contravenes California laws

If you own a Google Pixel 6 phone, you might want to check for updates because the company has begun rolling out one.

After the mess created by an earlier attempt to update the latest Pixel phones, Google is giving it another go. The software giant has released OTA and factory images, meaning you can sideload the January 2022 patch on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. However, if you would rather wait for the official over-the-air method, Google has started pushing it out too.

The company has confirmed that all Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners can automatically get the update from next week. However, the exact time you get it may depend on your wireless carrier. For example, Canadian carrier, Fido, has announced the update will be available starting from January 17th.

Many Pixel owners may decide to wait for some time before getting this update, going by the havoc the last one did. Some users had to factory reset their devices.

Google is promising lots of bug fixes in this update, which is not surprising. Users complained of Wi-Fi connectivity issues and battery drain after installing the updates in December, forcing Google to pause and delete the update files from its servers. This January patch will address both the trouble caused by the last update and previously known bugs.

However, Google is also adding some new features, including some highly anticipated ones. For example, the update will improve the fingerprint sensor and camera. It will also add support for 23 W wireless charging using the Pixel Stand (second generation).

Another feature is the Quick Tap to Snap, a collaboration between Google and Snapchat that lets you jump into Snapchat from the lock screen by tapping twice on the phone’s rear.

If you own a Pixel 6 Pro and a compatible BMW car, you can take advantage of the ultra-wideband chip for digital card key access.

In other Google news, a California appellate court has ruled that the company’s non-disclosure agreements contravened the law. This means the Mountain Viewed-based company may need to edit the agreement binding on its employees even after leaving the company.

The current version of the agreements prevents employees from discussing their job at Google with prospective employers. However, the court has ruled that such an agreement is illegal in the state.

Google was dragged to court by a worker whose identity remains unknown. A lower court had ruled against the majority of the claims in the lawsuit, based on the premise that federals, which superseded Californian laws, allowed Google to include such NDA clauses in its employee contract.

However, this ruling does not mean employees can discuss trade secrets with potential employees. But it frees them to talk about their work experience.

Another group of employees that will benefit from this ruling is sexual assault or harassment victims because they can now freely talk about why they are leaving their role. But that is a moot point because the state had already made laws that address agreements that could prevent victims from talking about the nature of their departure from their old companies.

Google is not the only company that will feel the effect of this ruling because many other tech companies in California try to make leaving difficult for their talents by implementing similar non-disclosure agreements.

There is no information yet from Google on whether it plans to appeal the ruling or not.

Written by HackerVibes

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