While the smartphone manufacturers and carriers assume responsibility for releasing the Android security patches periodically, Google handles the updates for its Pixel range of phones at its own end and rightly so. If you own one of the Google Pixel phones, look for the July updates and check if they have been installed. The updates are being sent over the air (OTA) and cover a wide range of areas and models.
Two Batches of Updates July 1 and July 5
Google has released the fresh updates for July in two groupings, one bearing the date July 1 and the other July 5. Google claims to have resolved 33 issues or vulnerabilities in all with these two sets of updates to the Google Pixel phones. Interestingly, the vulnerabilities which have been resolved through these updates are being categorized as those ranging between high and critical. One particular vulnerability in the Media framework alone has been described as the most critical one. The company has clarified that none of these vulnerabilities got exploited or was reported to have caused any harm to any phone users.
Some Improvements Brought About Too
One Area that Google has taken up for bringing performance improvement through these July updates in its Google Pixel phones is ‘OK Google’. Google calls this Hotword category and the updates go out to practically the entire range of devices starting from the Google Pixel 2 and going right up to the recently released Google Pixel 3a XL. This update includes the music detection function as well.
There are also device-specific updates included in this month’s updates. In the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL models, for example, there were issues reported of the phone getting struck while being booted. Included in the ‘bootloader’ category, this particular patch will go out to these two devices exclusively. Almost similarly, there were reports of a blank screen showing up in the EDL mode on the Google Pixel 3 series phones which has been resolved through the latest updates. All four models, the Google Pixel 3, 3a, 3 XL and 3a XL are all getting this update.
In addition to all these, there is another update included which will improve the Unicode Japanese language support is being extended to the complete set of Google Pixel phones.
The OTA updates do take some time reaching all the devices. Those users who have not received these updates so far can go the Google Developer site and download the updates.