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Google releases October security patch, rolling out now for Pixel, Nexus, and Essential devices

This update should fix any fast-charging and Android Auto stability problems.

Published onOctober 1, 2018

  • Google has started rolling out the October security update for Pixel and Nexus devices.
  • October’s update resolves 23 issues found within the AOSP.
  • Improvements were also made to fix fast-charging and Android Auto stability issues on Pixel hardware.

Another month, another Android security update. For October, this means the resolution of 23 vulnerabilities, all of which were reportedly never used to harm any Android user.

Google is also using this security patch to squash a couple of bugs that have popped up since the release of Android 9 Pie. The primarily fix is for the fast-charging issue owners of the original Pixel and Pixel XL experienced after upgrading to the latest firmware. Additionally, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users should see increased stability when using Android Auto after updating their phones. 

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If you don’t want to wait for the October security patch to make its way to your phone, you can download the latest factory image or OTA file from the links below. From there, you can either flash a fresh build to your phone or sideload the OTA update.

Guess what’s back. Back again. Essential notch support is back. Tell a friend.
You asked. We listened. Notch support returns in this release.
— Essential (@essential) October 1, 2018

And just like last month, Essential has begun rolling out the October security patch to the Essential Phone right after it was made available for Pixel hardware. On top of the fixed vulnerabilities, Essential has brought back the notch settings menu, something the company confirmed it would do in last month’s Reddit AMA.

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