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.
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.
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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