April 2019 security patches are out for Google Pixel phones and Essential Phone
The internet may be obsessing over “jokes” today, but Google has dropped some real news on us. A new month has begun which means it’s time for a new batch of Android security updates. The patches have been released for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel C is no longer receiving major OS updates, so it’s monthly update is still Android 8.1 Oreo. As per usual, the Essential Phone is also receiving the update at the same time.
Last month, the Android security updates included several important functional patches for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Google has included a few functional patches again this month, including for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. The functional patches pertain to Google Assistant voice unlocking, Bluetooth connectivity, and a bug with Ambient Display.
|Assistant||Improves Voice-Unlocking performance for Google Assistant||Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL|
|Setup||Adjust Wi-Fi connectivity during eSIM activation on certain carriers||Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL|
|Bluetooth||Improves Bluetooth connectivity on Pixel devices||Pixel, Pixel XL|
|Display||Removes screen flash when ambient display wakes for some Pixel 3 devices||Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL|
The Essential Phone update is also rolling out now. It includes improvements to the brightness and volume settings.
We were going to say "no update" today but you all are quicker to the download than our April Fools joke.
This month includes adjustments to brightness and volume settings. Check your phone for the latest! pic.twitter.com/w7cHlN6Jzk
— Essential (@essential) April 1, 2019
The OTA files and factory images for the Pixel devices can be found at the links below. Find the Android security files for your device and click “Link” to start the download. To flash the update manually without losing all of your data, follow the steps outlined in this tutorial. The OTA update for the Essential Phone has just started rolling out.
|Device||Factory Image||OTA Files|
|Pixel 3 XL||Link||Link|
|Pixel 2 XL||Link||Link|
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