Today marks the first day of July and we are now already halfway through 2019. More importantly, a new month means it’s time for new Android security updates. The patches for this month have been released for the entire Pixel family and the trusty Essential Phone is following closely behind as usual.
There are a few important functional patches for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XLthis month. Users should notice improved “OK Google” and music detection. The July Android security updates are also rolling out to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Essential Phone. One device that has reached the end of its Android security cycle is the Pixel C, which received its last update in June.
July’s security patches are now available for Open Market customers. Check your Essential Phone for the latest pic.twitter.com/hc9WxrtFd8
— Essential (@essential) July 1, 2019
|Pixel July 2019 Improvements||Devices|
|Hotword||Improves “OK Google” and music detection||Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL|
|Bootloader||Fixes an issue for some devices getting stuck during boot||Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL|
|Bootloader||Fixes an issue for some devices getting stuck in EDL mode with a blank screen||Pixel 3, Pixel 3, XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL|
|UI||Improves Unicode Japanese language support||Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL|
|Performance||Improves Titan M module||Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL|
The OTA files and factory images for the Pixel devices can be found at the links below. Find the Android security files for your device and click “Link” to start the download. To flash the update manually without losing all of your data, follow the steps outlined in this tutorial. The OTA Android security update for the Essential Phone has just started rolling out.
|Device||Factory Image||OTA Files|
|Pixel 3a XL||Link||Link|
|Pixel 3 XL||Link||Link|
|Pixel 2 XL||Link||Link|