April 2019 security patches are out for Google Pixel phones and Essential Phone

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.

AssistantImproves Voice-Unlocking performance for Google AssistantPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
SetupAdjust Wi-Fi connectivity during eSIM activation on certain carriersPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
BluetoothImproves Bluetooth connectivity on Pixel devicesPixel, Pixel XL
DisplayRemoves screen flash when ambient display wakes for some Pixel 3 devicesPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

The Essential Phone update is also rolling out now. It includes improvements to the brightness and volume settings.

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.

DeviceFactory ImageOTA Files
Pixel 3 XLLinkLink
Pixel 3LinkLink
Pixel 2 XLLinkLink
Pixel 2LinkLink
Pixel XLLinkLink
Pixel CLinkLink

Pixel Update Bulletin Android Security Bulletin

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