The storage-related challenge that originally appeared to have an effect on solely Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional house owners, turned out to be an enormous one with disastrous penalties certainly. Triggered after updating to the newest Android 14 software program, which was launched early October for Pixel telephones, the software program appeared to lock customers out of their telephone’s native storage, rendering them unusable. Whereas some customers might nonetheless get to their homescreens, others weren’t as fortunate, because the Android 14 replace put their telephones into a continuing reboot loop (generally often known as a bootloop). Now, greater than a month later, Google has began rolling out a patch that it claims will repair the problem, but it surely’s not as straightforward because it appears.
As per ArsTechnica, the bug which might nearly be termed as ‘ransomware’ will solely save the primary set of customers who can nonetheless activate and entry their smartphones. Such customers will at the least be capable to obtain and set up the newest safety patch and be capable to get better the native knowledge saved on their telephones, which till now was not accessible due to the bug. Nevertheless, this isn’t the case for these whose handsets are in a bootloop as such a tool will should be erased fully and up to date with the newest firmware to keep away from going again into such a state as soon as once more. This additionally implies that customers affected by the bootloop won’t be able to get better their native knowledge, which will probably be misplaced eternally.
The safety replace patch notes that the storage bug challenge impacts various telephones together with the Pixel 6, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 Professional, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Professional, Pixel 7a, Pixel Pill, Pixel Fold, and even Google’s newest Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Professional smartphones.
As per the report, the identical bug-ridden Android 14 replace was nonetheless being seeded by Google till a couple of days in the past, which is unusual as a result of Google normally pulls the plug on problematic updates. And that is normally the rationale for staggered roll out for all updates.
The storage bug certainly will depart loads of Pixel house owners livid about how the model has left them stranded, with Google themselves unable to discover a viable answer to the issue they helped create. And all of it factors to the truth that smartphone knowledge backups are necessary particularly if you happen to occur to retailer loads of knowledge off the cloud and bodily in your smartphone and even if you happen to simply want to have issues that method.