Pixel 5 April Update seems to be unlocking its GPU performance

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Google launched the Pixel 5 last month, within a short time it has become one of the best phones. It comes with many advanced features with extraordinary basics such as it has impressive stability, great battery life, and top-notch performance. In addition to this, Now Google has released an April Android security update for Pixel 5. Based on reports Pixel 5 April update seems to be enhancing the performance of the Pixel 5 devices remarkably.

Google says that this new April update includes a set of improvements for the entire lineup. It includes improving connectivity, camera, and stability features along with some performance enhancements for both Google Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G. In addition to this, Older phones also benefiting from this patch, it seems to be fixing some functional issues.

Supporting this Google claims Some reports stated that this new Pixel April Update has significantly improved the gaming performance of Google’s Pixel 5 and latest flagship devices. Also, this security patch seems to be resolving an issue that caused Pixel 4 and later devices to malfunction while booting.

In addition to this, this new April update addresses the problem that made Pixel 3. And older phones appear offline when connected to a VPN.

Here are the details of the Pixel 5 April Update

This new Google April update brings security updates and other improvements to allPixel smartphones. Interestingly, Google’s new update seems to be fixing some previous issues with Pixel devices. In addition to this, it seems to be unlocking the potential of Pixel 5’s SoC.

Previously Anandtech informed that Pixel 5 produces mediocre results, worse than other devices powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip. In addition to this, Andreas Proschofsky from Der Standard also informed that the latest test results using 3DMark, produced better results that are 30-50% better than previous reports. He even published test results on his Twitter account.

As per recent posts, his Pixel 5 scored around 2278/2260 for the OpenGL/Vulkan tests in 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme prior to Google’s April update. And after the update, the device scored 3286/3083 in the same test. Without a doubt, it is a very significant improvement. With all this, we can say that the new Pixel 5 April Update has actually doubled Pixel 5 performance. Hopefully, we may see similar improvements in the Pixel 4a 5G.

However, Benchmarks results may not necessarily translate into real-world results. But they seem to be in line with Google’s claims that the new Google April Update comes with improvements more than just security patches. That it comes with optimizations for graphics-intensive apps and games on the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G.

Google’s announces its April Android Pixel Security Update through its blog

Google has updated its blog about this April update and its improvement details For Pixel 5 and other devices. Google has stated that “we have provided the monthly Android/ Pixel update for April 2021. Every Pixel device running on Android 11 will get these software updates as part of the April 2021 update. This April update has been started rolling out to Pixel 5 and other pixel devices starting today. To get this update check your Android version and update to receive the latest updates.

Here are some major improvements that this new April update provides. It improves camera quality in certain third-party apps for both Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. And connectivity issues like a fix for issues causing certain devices to appear offline while connected to a VPN For devices like Pixel 3, Pixel 4, and Pixel 5. Also, it comes with a solution to fix missing home screen grid settings on certain devices like Pixel 3 and Pixel 4.

However, the last update for the Pixel 3/XL, 3a/XL, 4/XL, and 4a informs that some users are lacking the ability to adjust the home screen grid in “Styles and Wallpapers”. And Pixel launcher options include default 4×3, 3×3, and 2×2, with the At A Glance widget at the top getting similarly adjusted.

As of now, there is no accurate information about what exactly caused this impressive improvement in GPU performance. No one knew exactly, Whether Google figured out any issue in the Android 11 update. That specifically caused this issue or Google made any error in the previous update.

Other details

What seems odd about this new Pixel 45 April Update is that initially everyone expected as usual Android security patch and some minor improvements. But this update brought very impressive improvements to Pixel 5 GPU, which are quite noteworthy. Though Google’s April updates’ changelog has already mentioned “performance optimizations for certain graphics-intensive apps and games”. It seems like an understatement, based on the latest test result that shows the improved performance.

If you are using Pixel 5 or any other Pixel device and still have not received the update yet. Then you need to check for it manually by clicking on System Settings. In case if you’re using a carrier-locked device, you may have to wait for some time to get this April update.


Hopefully, we have covered everything that you need to know about the Google Pixel April Update. This April Update seems to be unlocking the potential of Pixel 5 GPU performance based on reports. Along with this, Google brings some other significant improvements to Pixel lineup devices. If you didn’t receive the update yet, then Google suggests you check your Android version. And update to get the latest features.