The last Android security patch showed a list of bug fixes and improvements taking care of long-standing issues. From system volume levels, intermittent restarts, and failing calls were all addressed. But there is one that we felt needed a special note on it.
Under the “Sensors” category of fixes, Google says that it issued “further improvements for auto-rotation response in certain device orientations.” Since there are only two directions and we have been complaining for a long time about how bad the Pixel auto-rotation is. This fix is not a coincidence.
I’ve updated to the new January patch on my Pixel 5 but I can not confirm that I see any difference in the auto-rotation performance. Hopefully, Google improved it, but I’m not finding any dramatic improvement on the different rotations. Let us know if you see anything special.