Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are running the latest January security patch. However, new reports suggest that the smartphones users are receiving another OTA and this update is also listed on Google s Factory Images page as well. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this yearAlso Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account owners
As spotted by 9to5google, two Pixel 2 owners on Reddit have received and installed a new Android 8.1 update. The update retains the existing January security patch. The new update is said to come with a build number OPM2.171019.016. While some users are facing issue with Google Assistant and local music playback, the new update is said to fix other issues. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
Among other fixes, the later security patch protects against this Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. The January security update also brings a fix to a media framework that could have allowed attackers to execute arbitrary code through a crafted file on compromised devices.
On the first-generation Pixel smartphones, Google offers guaranteed software updates for two years and security update for three years. With the launch of second-generation Pixel phones, Google confirmed that it will offer security and major software update for three years.
Meanwhile, CopperheadOS, which is a privacy-focused custom ROM made by Copperhead and is based on pure AOSP Android Oreo is coming to Google s 2017 device lineup, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, reports 9to5google. An alpha version of CopperheadOS was released for the smartphones. The report suggests that the new update brings many security-oriented kernel commits, Verified Boot 2.0 support, rollback protection, and better public key enforcement.
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