March 2019 security patches released for Google Pixel devices and Essential Phone
Like clockwork, Google has kicked off the new month with a fresh Android security update. Every month, we get a new Android security bulletin for Google Pixel devices and Android as a whole. Whether your device gets the latest patch is up to the OEM, but that’s a different topic. Essential is one OEM that does a great job of this.
Unlike last month, there are a few functional patches for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. One functional patch that should make Pixel owners happy is startup and responsiveness improvements for the camera. This is something that has been brought up in recent months by Pixel owners, so we’re glad to see some attention brought to it. Here’s the full list of functional patches:
|Camera||Improves Startup and responsiveness of Camera app||Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL|
|Performance||Improves recovery in the instance of OTA update failure||Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL|
|Performance||Improves storage performance on Pixel 3 devices||Pixel 3, Pixel3 XL|
|Bluetooth||Improves bluetooth reliability on Pixel 3 devices||Pixel 3, Pixel3 XL|
|Media||Improves playback of encrypted media on some video apps||Pixel 3, Pixel3 XL|
The Essential Phone update is also rolling out now. The update includes the security patches and Digital Wellbeing support.
The latest software release is now available. Check your Essential Phone for the update! pic.twitter.com/dzlWIPduAN
— Essential (@essential) March 4, 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|
|Pixel C (Oreo)||Link||Link|