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Google inadvertently pushes November security patch for Pixel phones, weeks ahead of release

The November security update is not expected to bring major changes.

  • Published: October 15, 2018 10:33 AM IST
Google Pixel 3 XL (5)

Google might have inadvertently pushed an update intended to release next month earlier to some Pixel users. The search giant pushes out new security patch for its Pixel smartphones on the first Monday of every month. However, the builds released during the first week are tested weeks in advance and Google even feeds the update to a smaller group to test its stability.

In the past, there have been occasions when these updates have been pushed out to regular users as well. This particular instance has occurred once again, where the November security patch, scheduled to drop on the first Monday of next month, has become available for select Pixel users. One Reddit user reported receiving a ‘Confidential Internal Only’ update that brings November Security patch on a Pixel 2 XL.

Source: Reddit

After the update, the Android security patch level setting is updated to 5 November 2018″ and the operating system remains the same as Android 9 Pie. The update, which weighs 91MB in terms of download, is clearly marked as confidential Googlers-only OTA and does not seem to be bringing any changes other than the updated security patch level.

The internal build referred to as “dogfood” does not bring any changes but Google warns those testing the update to not “discuss or comment on this update externally” and recommends sending feedback to internal forum. The last time Google pushed a ‘dogfood update’ to general users in May of 2017 and the update included a minor security patch for the Pixel XL.

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However, in 2016, one user was able to get an updated build of Android 7.0 Nougat on their Nexus 6P, before its launch. The update pushed out inadvertently now does not bring any major changes and is a minor hit on Google’s update cycle. The November security update is expected to bring bug fixes that have been known and there is a possibility that it will fix some of the known zero-day vulnerabilities as well.

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  • Published Date: October 15, 2018 10:33 AM IST