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December Pixel updates land: 2016 Pixels get last patches, Pixel 4 conspicuously absent (Update: Pixel 4 ETA)

December’s month-to-month safety patches are right here for Google’s Pixel telephones — or, a minimum of, most of them. Whereas the 2016 Pixels are getting what Google beforehand claimed can be their final replace after the 2 telephones missed November’s patches, the Pixel four and four XL are curiously late to the celebration, with no photographs posted simply but. Most confusingly, although, Google is outwardly breaking out its Pixel-specific useful patch notes this month, which frequently describe helpful or noteworthy characteristic adjustments and tweaks.

Each OTA photographs and full manufacturing facility photographs 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 tug down the November replace in any respect.

Google has additionally confusingly stripped out its useful patches from this month’s Pixel Safety Bulletin. These patch descriptions are sometimes one of the vital helpful elements of Google’s month-to-month bulletins since they will describe bug fixes and have enhancements for Google’s gadgets. As a substitute, Google is pointing events to its Pixel Group discussion board, the place no put up equivalent to the December 2019 patches but seems. Now we have additionally confirmed (on a Pixel Three XL with Lawnchair Launcher 2) that this replace additionally rolls out help for gesture navigation to third-party launchers, although the 2016 Pixels do not seem to get this characteristic.

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 useful patch notes by way of this new avenue or if Pixel four and four XL photographs begin to land, we’ll make sure to let you realize.


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

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

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

Along with the gesture navigation help we noticed for third-party launchers, we are able to verify that Reside Captions are current for the Pixel Three as of the December replace, and anecdotal studies declare it is also current for the Pixel 3a sequence. The “Types & Wallpaper” Pixel Themes characteristic that was beforehand unique to the Pixel four has additionally trickled all the way down to older telephones. We are able to verify it is current on the Pixel 3XL, and different studies declare the 3a and a couple of sequence have additionally snagged it. The Swipe-down gesture for notifications current on the Pixel four can be now on the older telephones, excluding the 2016 Pixels.

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

Based mostly on studies and our personal testing, this is a fast checklist that may make it slightly extra clear which telephones acquired what:

  • Reside 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

Be aware that the 2016 Pixels, although ostensibly up to date to the December patches, did not get any of those options. Moreover, we are able to 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 useful patch changelog, we’ll make sure to let you realize.


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

Pixel four up to date subsequent week, Pixel Pockets characteristic name-dropped

Purposeful 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 rationale, we’re instructed the pair of telephones will begin getting it subsequent week.

Purposeful patches appear to primarily concentrate on the Pixel four XL, together with a repair for the dearth of darkish theme help on the Pixel four XL’s bootloader, a repair for third-party digicam apps that we hope resolves the “clicking” problem, Bluetooth fixes, and a repair for “show flicker in numerous use circumstances,” which I hope means the maddening brightness adjustments when touching the show in low-light circumstances.

By far essentially 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 dwell, and was by no means related to that title. Digging round a Pixel Three XL working the December launch, it nonetheless does not seem like current simply but.

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

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