Latest Pixel 5 update offers a big bump in GPU performance

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Earlier this week, Google released this month's Android Pixel Security Update, promising a bunch of fixes and imrpovements. For example, camera quality in third-party apps is getting better, there's a VPN fix, and more. One improvement listed was "performance optimizations for certain graphics-intensive apps & games" on the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5.

But apparently, the GPU performance gains are more than anyone would have guessed in the changelog. According to Der Standard's Andreas Proschofsky, the Pixel 5 is actually getting more along the lines of up to a 50% performance boost.

Of course, benchmarks don't necessarily translate to real-world performance, but a 30-50% increase in benchmark scores is nothing to ignore. According to Ars Technica, this isn't necessarily about making a good product better; it's about fixing the state of a broken product.

Google has been criticized by many for its choice to use a Snapdragon 765G chipset in the Pixel 5, as opposed to the flagship Snapdragon 865. Naturally, with the weaker CPU and GPU, any optimization is going to be welcomed by Pixel 5 owners.

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