A Pixel 5 user has already been blessed with the yet-to-be-released May 2023 update. Read on to know the reasoning behind the same. While Google is usually the fastest to roll out OTA updates, but it isn’t the most perfect one out there s it tends to mess up its rollout every now and then. A couple of years back, it rolled out the Verizon update to numerous non-Verizon users across the globe.
Then last year, while rolling out the Android 13 update, it ended up releasing the Android 12 update for a few users [though it later justified its act by claiming that the update was indeed intentional and was infact a bug fix]. After that, last month, a user received the April update, even weeks before Googele officially rolled out the same.
And now, the very same user has just received the May 2023 update, again weeks before its intended rollout. Having build number TQ2A.230505.003, this update weighs around 2 GB in size, which is quite a big package, taking into consideration the usual update size of the monthly security patches. But why is this particular user in the good books of Google all of a sudden and is getting futuristic updates? Let’s find out.
A Pixel user has already got the May 2023 update! Here’s why
Google tests out the monthly OTA releases within its testing groups before rolling it out to the audiences. This terminology is also known as Dog Fooding and is being practiced for ages in the tech community. Moroever, to carry out this task, Google uses the tester’s device ID and/or their IMEI number. But for the past two months, it seems that they are inadvertently adding the aforementioned user’s parameter to their dogfooding prerequisites.
As a result of which, he or she ends up becoming the lucky recipient of the yet-to-be-released updates. While the April update wasn’t got much limelight, this time around it has managed to catch the attention of the masses, and it might have reached the team at Google as well. So it seems the honeymoon period for the user might be finally over. But it would have been definitely quite enjoyable while it lasted!
NOTE: The next time around if any one of our readers ends up receiving the update before its actual scheduled roll out, then please capture the URL of that update before installing it. We all could then get a taste of the upcoming update before Google officially rolls them out.
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