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

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

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October means many things: pumpkins, trick-or-treating, spooky movies, and, of course, a new batch of Android security updates. Last month, Google rolled out Android 10 and the first patches. Now we’ve got some new fixes this week for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Essential Phone.

This month, there is a pretty long list of “Functional patches” for the entire Pixel family. Two fixes, in particular, were included for only the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: missing notifications in Pixel Stand mode and sensor calibration improvements.

CategoryImprovementsDevices
ConnectivityWi-Fi stability improvementsPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
Pixel StandFix for missing notifications in Pixel Stand modePixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
SensorsSensor calibration improvementsPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
SystemSystem stability improvementsPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
UIFix for memory drain in UIPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
UIFix for missing heads-up notificationsPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
UIGesture navigation stability improvementsPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
UIFix for bootloop in certain device locale modesPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a 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.

DeviceFactory ImageOTA Files
Pixel 3a XLLinkLink
Pixel 3aLinkLink
Pixel 3 XLLinkLink
Pixel 3LinkLink
Pixel 2 XLLinkLink
Pixel 2LinkLink
Pixel XLLinkLink
PixelLinkLink

Android Security Bulletin | Pixel Update Bulletin