August 2019 security patches are out for Google Pixel phones and Essential Phone
Summer is beginning to wind down as we enter the month of August. Some people refer to this time as the “Dog Days of Summer,” but for us, it means new Android security updates. The patches for this month have been released for the Google Pixel family and the ever-reliable Essential Phone.
There aren’t many exciting functional patches for Google Pixel devices this month. The entire family is getting some Wi-Fi improvements, while the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL get sleep mode improvements. The August Android security update is available for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Essential Phone. As mentioned last month, the Pixel C is no longer receiving security patch updates.
|Connectivity||Saved WiFi network configuration improvements||Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL|
|Connectivity||WiFi CaptivePortalLogin stability improvements||Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL|
|Stability||Sleep mode improvements||Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL|
August security update is now available for Open Market and Sprint users. Check your Essential Phone for the update. pic.twitter.com/Doc5I2Zvou
— Essential (@essential) August 5, 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 Android security update for the Essential Phone has just started rolling out.
|Device||Factory Image||OTA Files|
|Pixel 3a XL||Link||Link|
|Pixel 3 XL||Link||Link|
|Pixel 2 XL||Link||Link|