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Pixel phones get October 2020 security patch as fix for bugs, end of road for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google is addressing the Qualcomm vulnerability with the October update, along with a fix for some minor bugs.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | October 6, 2020 | Updated 12:32 IST

Highlights

  • Google is patching the Qualcomm vulnerability with the October update.
  • The Pixel 4a and older models are receiving the update.
  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are, however, seeing the second last update before their life cycle ends.

Google Pixel phones do not fight the specs war diligently because they do not need to. One of the biggest plus points for Pixel devices is the support for timely updates. October has just begun, and a new Android security patch is already available to a range of Pixel smartphones. But while these Pixels are enjoying the latest treat, the Pixel 2 series is waiting for their one last update in December after the October Android security patch.

The October update for Pixel phones addresses the Qualcomm vulnerability that was found to have the potential to invite malicious software. Google is nipping those vulnerabilities off from its Pixel smartphones in its quickest move. While this update might not have any changes to how you use your smartphone daily, it will tighten the security on your Pixel device. Another improvement coming with this update is for autorotation in certain orientations on select Pixel devices.

Some other enhancements and bug fixes coming to Pixel phones include:

  • Auto-brightness improved for some lighting conditions on Pixel 4a
  • Fix for stuck on boot on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a
  • Fix for devices inadvertently disabling call notifications on Pixel 2 series, Pixel 3 series, Pixel 3a series, Pixel 4 series, and Pixel 4a
  • Fix for missing auto-rotate icon on some devices
  • Touch sensitivity improvement on the screen protector for Pixel 4a
  • Fix for undetected overview swipe in the launcher on some devices

The October update is rolling out to Pixel devices in a phased manner, so if you do not see it right now, it is because your device is not included in that particular phase for updates. But this does not mean your device will not get it. Your Pixel phone will eventually receive the October security update.

For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it is time for a wrap-up. Google promises 3 years of updates on its Pixel handsets and the Pixel 2 series is due to receive the last leg of it. In December, the two smartphones launched in 2017 will receive their one last update this December, according to a report by Android Police. This also means that the Pixel 2 series will skip the November update to directly receive the security updates in December. After that, the official support for updates ends for these two smartphones.

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