November 2019 security patches roll out for the Pixel 2, 3, 4, and Essential Phone

November 2019 security patches roll out for the Pixel 2, 3, 4, and Essential Phone

As we kick off the first full week in November, Google is rolling out a new batch of Android security updates. This month is notable because it marks the end of monthly updates for the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL (RIP). We’ve still got patches for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Essential Phone, though.

This month, there is a pretty decent list of “Functional patches” for the entire Pixel 2 through Pixel 4. Two fixes, in particular, were included for only the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Google previously talked about improvements to the 90Hz “Smooth Display,” and it appears some have been included this month. There’s also a bottom speaker improvement specifically for the Pixel 3.

Category Improvements Devices
Assistant Improvements for Google Assistant Hotword Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
Audio Improvements for bottom speaker audio quality Pixel 3
Stability Additional fixes for some devices stuck during boot Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
Keyboards Additional support for Xbox BT controller mapping Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL
Display/Graphics Smooth Display improvements Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL
Camera Camera quality improvements Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL

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. This will bring your device up to Android 10 in the process. 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.

Note: There are 3 different build numbers for the Pixel 4:

  • US (AT&T & Verizon): QD1A.190821.014.C2
  • US (T-Mobile, Sprint, Google Fi) & UK carriers: QD1A.190821.014
  • All other carriers (AU/JP/CA/TW/US): QD1A.190821.007.A3

Download Factory Images | Download OTA Images

Android Security Bulletin | Pixel Update Bulletin

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