Google releases the July Android Security Update for Pixel owners


Right on cue, Google has released the Android Pixel Security Update for the month of July. It may seem a bit later than you might have expected, given that Samsung has already released the update for its devices. Plus, Google usually does this in the first week of the month.

This time around, Google waited until today due to the fact that the Independence Day holiday fell on Sunday, and Monday was the observed date of the holiday. Nevertheless, Google is rolling out the update to owners of the following Pixel devices:

  • Pixel 3 / 3XL
  • Pixel 3a / 3a XL
  • Pixel 4 / 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a / 4a 5G
  • Pixel 5

It appears that there aren’t any major or “critical” vulnerabilities that were patched in this update. Instead, Google patched more than a few that were categorized as “High” in terms of vulnerability.

Additionally, there were only a couple of improvements that Google confirmed were being added to this build. All compatible devices now include support for VoLTE on “certain” networks that were not disclosed. This update also offers the following:

Fix to prevent continued device reboots under certain conditions

The update is beginning to roll out now and will be available via an OTA update. A notification will appear on your phone as soon as it’s made available. But if you don’t want to wait around, you can also download the specific factory image and apply it yourself.


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