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Update: June 3, 2019 at 2:50 p.m. ET: Unsurprisingly, Essential is already rolling out the June 2019 Android security patch to the Essential Phone. The update should be available for download on both the unlocked and Sprint variants.


Original article: June 3, 2019 at 2:01 p.m. ET: Google is now rolling out the June 2019 security patch to the original Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a smartphones. This is the first security patch update for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

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The June 2019 security patch is notable for addressing the issue with Bluetooth security keys, such as Google’s Titan. The update automatically unpairs vulnerable security keys from your devices and prevents them from acting as a form of two-factor authentication.

According to Google, the battery-powered version features an exploit that lets an attacker communicate with either the security key itself or the device to which it’s paired.

The June 2019 security patch fixes vulnerabilities that range from high to critical. As it relates to Pixel devices, the patch also includes the following fixes:

  • Fixes an issue causing some devices to freeze during boot (Pixel 2).
  • Fixes an issue causing the camera to crash during video recording (Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL).
  • Fixes a bug that causes the Netflix app to hang (Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 phones).
  • Updates to improve accuracy on “OK Google” (Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 phones).

You can download the factory images and OTA files at the links below. You can then either flash a fresh build or sideload the OTA file. If you’d rather take the normal route, go to Settings -> System -> Advanced -> System update.

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