There s no doubting the fact that Google s Pixel smartphones are (and have been, ever since the first generation launched in 2016) among one of the best flagship mobile devices out there, at least as far as Android is concerned. They come with industry-leading camera performance, and their hardware is (mostly) at par with what the competition offers. However, the true strength of the Pixel line-up is software. Also Read - Android 12 public beta rolling out now: How to install on your Google Pixel phoneAlso Read - Google I/O 2021 Event to bring Android 12: Compatible devices, expected release date, confirmed features
Being Google s standard-bearer smartphones, Pixels are supported with software updates for a much longer time and are the first to get the latest Android updates (both OS and security). Unsurprisingly, the first update of the year has arrived for them already. Also Read - Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled, Google confirms the 5G Pixel will launch later in 2021
According to a report by XDA Developers, Google has released the January 2019 Android security patch for all Pixel smartphones, including Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL. In addition, the patch is also available for Pixel C tablet, but it remains on Android 8.1 Oreo. The January 2019 update brings fixes for a lot of issues and security vulnerabilities at the kernel and system level. Notably, for the latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the update also enhances audio quality when recording videos.
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As is always the case with OTA (Over the Air) rollouts, the January 2019 security patch is being rolled out in a phased manner, so it will take some time to reach all Pixel devices out in the wild. In case you can t wait, you can download the update package s factory image/zip file from Google Developers website and flash them manually on your Pixel smartphone(s).
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