Sort of making Patch Monday a tradition, Google rolled out the March security update for Pixel and Nexus smartphones, on the first Monday of the month. The patch comes with perfunctory bug fixes and security updates for the smartphones.
As reported by 9To5Google, the factory images and full OTA zip files have been posted online.
In case you wish to manually flash the update, you need to know beforehand that it will erase your data. Although unless you’re an enthusiast with very limited patience, you’re probably better off served by the over-the-air rollout, which should have commenced already.
Reportedly, there are 16 issues resolved in the March security patch. Vulnerabilities range from high to critical, with the most severe relating to the media framework and possibly permitting a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code through a “crafted file.” Although Google notes that there are no reports of customers being affected by these security issues.
Further, the update lists 43 security fixes and 3 functional updates. The Pixel and Pixel 2 XL benefit from faster screen wake when unlocking with a fingerprint, in addition to an improved crash reporting. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL in particular has improved audio performance when recording video. There has been an ever growing list of symptoms reported by Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users and this security update would be reassuring to a lot of users.