Verizon has just launched a series of security updates for Google Pixel smartphones for January 2019. Most relate to the phones’ Android security and the devices covered include Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3XL. Here’s a summary of the updates released for each of these Google Pixel phones.
- Google Pixel: This is the 28th update this phone is receiving, being the oldest among the six being covered here. The software version is PQ1A.190105.004 and has the latest Android security patch for the device. The last time an update was released was on December 5.
- Google Pixel XL: Being a variant of the above the phone, you would expect the same set of details. This is the 28th update for this as well and the version is PQ1A.190105.004, the same as the Pixel. There is nothing beyond the Android security patch for this device as well.
- Google Pixel 2: This is a newer phone and has seen 14 updates before this, the 15th. The version is PPR2.181005.003.A1 and has the up to date Android security patch in it. This is the January 2019 update and the previous one was in December 2018.
- Google Pixel 2 XL: PPR2.181005.003.A1 is the version being released as this January update for the Google Pixel 2 XL and this is the 15th time an update is being released for this device.
- Google Pixel 3: This is the latest flagship from Google and was released only a few months back. This is just the 3rd update for this phone and the version number is PQ1A.190105.004. Android security update is an important component of this January 2019 update.
- Google Pixel 3 XL: The higher end flagship of 2018 from Google and the version number reads the same PQ1A.190105.004. Security update patches are included in the update. The last updates for these Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were sent out on December 5.
Verizon has added standard advice on all the updates that the device’s performance optimization, taking care of any known issues and obviously the Android security updates form the contents of these downloads. However, in the individual updates, there is no mention of any other change other than the Android security update patches.
The other routine instructions accompanying such updates on downloading through a Wi-Fi connection and to ensure the phone has sufficient battery life are also there.