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December Pixel updates land: 2016 Pixels get last patches, Pixel 4 conspicuously absent (Update: Image and OTA downloads)

December’s month-to-month safety patches are right here for Google’s Pixel telephones — or, at the least, most of them. Whereas the 2016 Pixels are getting what Google beforehand claimed could be their final replace after the 2 telephones missed November’s patches, the Pixel Four and Four XL are curiously late to the get together, with no pictures posted simply but. Most confusingly, although, Google is outwardly breaking out its Pixel-specific practical patch notes this month, which regularly describe helpful or noteworthy function adjustments and tweaks.

Each OTA pictures and full manufacturing unit pictures have been posted for the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel Three XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, and 2016 Pixel XL and Pixel, although construct numbers fluctuate. Curiously, the construct numbers for the 2016 Pixels would appear to correspond to the dates of an October launch, not December.

As famous, the Pixel Four and Four XL are conspicuously absent. That does not imply they will not get a December safety patch, Google has been late to ship month-to-month patches for particular gadgets earlier than. But when downloads have not been posted, we most likely will not see any December OTA rolling out for the gadgets by way of the extra conventional means anytime quickly. That is additionally on the heels of many of us with a Pixel Four or Four XL failing to drag down the November replace in any respect.

Google has additionally confusingly stripped out its practical patches from this month’s Pixel Safety Bulletin. These patch descriptions are sometimes one of the helpful components of Google’s month-to-month bulletins since they will describe bug fixes and have enhancements for Google’s gadgets. As an alternative, Google is pointing events to its Pixel Neighborhood discussion board, the place no publish akin to the December 2019 patches but seems. We now have additionally confirmed (on a Pixel Three XL with Lawnchair Launcher 2) that this replace additionally rolls out assist for gesture navigation to third-party launchers, although the 2016 Pixels do not seem to get this function.

A number of excessive and demanding severity safety patches have additionally been included on this month’s updates, together with some DoS mitigation and arbitrary code execution fixes, plus some Pixel-specific {hardware} safety fixes. As at all times, it is in your greatest pursuits to replace to keep up safety.

If and when Google rolls out its practical patch notes by way of this new avenue or if Pixel Four and Four XL pictures begin to land, we’ll make sure to let you recognize.

Replace 1: 2019/12/02 12:52pm PST by Ryne Hager

Stay Captions, Types & Wallpaper, and extra rolling out to older Pixels

Official practical patch notes have but to be printed by Google, however a handful of options have been noticed.

Along with the gesture navigation assist we noticed for third-party launchers, we will verify that Stay Captions are current for the Pixel Three as of the December replace, and anecdotal reviews declare it is also current for the Pixel 3a collection. The “Types & Wallpaper” Pixel Themes function that was beforehand unique to the Pixel Four has additionally trickled right down to older telephones. We will verify it is current on the Pixel 3XL, and different reviews declare the 3a and a couple of collection have additionally snagged it. The Swipe-down gesture for notifications current on the Pixel Four can also be now on the older telephones, excluding the 2016 Pixels.

Stay Caption and Types & Wallpaper choices on a Pixel Three XL.

Primarily based on reviews and our personal testing, here is a fast record that may make it a little bit extra clear which telephones obtained what:

  • Stay Captions
    • Pixel 3, Pixel Three XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
  • Gesture navigation in third-party launchers
    • Pixel 3, Pixel Three XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
  • “Types & Wallpaper” Pixel themes
    • Pixel 3, Pixel Three XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
  • Swipe-down gesture for notifications in Pixel Launcher
    • Pixel 3, Pixel Three XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

Notice that the 2016 Pixels, although ostensibly up to date to the December patches, did not get any of those options. Moreover, we will verify they’re nonetheless reporting an October stage of patches in system, although Google’s downloads web page claims they’re for December.

If we spot any extra options, or if Google lastly publishes its practical patch changelog, we’ll make sure to let you recognize.

Replace 2: 2019/12/02 2:57pm PST by Ryne Hager

Pixel Four up to date subsequent week, Pixel Pockets function name-dropped

Practical patches have lastly been posted, together with a disclaimer relating to the Pixel Four and Four XL’s delay. Though the corporate didn’t clarify the explanation, we’re advised the pair of telephones will begin getting it subsequent week.

Practical patches appear to primarily give attention to the Pixel Four XL, together with a repair for the shortage of darkish theme assist on the Pixel Four XL’s bootloader, a repair for third-party digital camera apps that we hope resolves the “clicking” problem, Bluetooth fixes, and a repair for “show flicker in varied use instances,” which I hope means the maddening brightness adjustments when touching the show in low-light circumstances.

By far probably the most curious enchancment, nevertheless, is that this “Repair for Pixel Pockets show in energy menu.” This sounds just like the “Playing cards & Passes” energy button menu performance which was beforehand noticed in Android 10, however by no means went reside, and was by no means related to that title. Digging round a Pixel Three XL working the December launch, it nonetheless does not look like current simply but.

Maybe we’ll know extra about this “Pixel Pockets” function quickly.

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Replace 3: 2019/12/10 12:11am UTC by Ryne Hager

Rolling out for Pixel 4

Primarily based on latest reviews, the replace is rolling out to at the least some Pixel Four gadgets. We’ve not noticed it as accessible on any of our personal simply but, however Google could also be doing this as a part of a progressive rollout, increasing with time.

Downloadable pictures nonetheless do not embrace the December replace for the Pixel Four or Four XL, so you possibly can’t sideload it but, both. When you aren’t one of many apparently fortunate few to have snagged it early, at the least the wait is nearing its finish.

Replace 4: 2019/12/10 7:58pm UTC by Ryne Hager

Pixel Four and Four XL pictures accessible

Manufacturing facility picture and OTA recordsdata for the Pixel Four and Four XL have been posted by Google for the replace. These of you ready for it to roll out can set up it yourselves manually, if you happen to select to.

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