Google Pixel phones don’t diligently fight the spec war because they don’t need it. One of the biggest benefits for Pixel devices is support for timely updates. October has just begun and a new Android security patch is already available for a range of Pixel smartphones. But while these Pixels are enjoying the latest surprise, the Pixel 2 series is waiting for their latest update in December following the October Android security patch.
The October update for Pixel phones resolves the Qualcomm vulnerability that was found to potentially invite malicious software. Google is eliminating those vulnerabilities from its Pixel smartphones in its fastest move. While this update may not have any changes to the way you use your smartphone every day, it will strengthen the security on your Pixel device. Another improvement coming with this update is about autorotating in certain orientations on certain Pixel devices.
Some other improvements and bug fixes coming to Pixel phones include:
- Improved automatic brightness for certain lighting conditions on the Pixel 4a
- Fixed a crash on startup on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4a
- Fixed issue for devices inadvertently disabling call notifications on Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4a series
- Fixed missing auto-rotate icon on some devices
- Improved touch sensitivity on screen protector for Pixel 4a
- Fixed pan scrolling not detected in launcher on some devices
The October update is rolling out to Pixel devices gradually, so if you don’t see it right now, it’s because your device isn’t included in that particular update phase. But that doesn’t mean your device won’t receive it. Your Pixel phone will eventually receive the October security update.
For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it’s time to wrap up. Google promises 3 years of updates on its Pixel phones, and the Pixel 2 series will receive the last leg. In December, the two smartphones launched in 2017 will receive their latest update in December, according to an Android police report. This also means that the Pixel 2 series will skip the November update to directly receive security updates in December. Subsequently, official support for updates ends for these two smartphones.
Google is addressing Qualcomm’s vulnerability with the October update, along with a fix for some minor bugs.
- Google is fixing Qualcomm’s vulnerability with the October update.
- Pixel 4a and earlier models are receiving the update.
- The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are, however, seeing the penultimate update before the end of their life cycle.