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April 2019 Android security patch is here for Pixel and Essential

The April security patch squashes some bugs within Android and improves the performance on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Published onApril 1, 2019

Google Pixel 3 XL Camera

Google used the March security update to roll out security vulnerability fixes and a handful of functional updates to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Now, the search giant is pushing out the April Android security patch that focuses on squashing bugs in the operating system and on Google’s hardware.

According to the security bulletin, Google has addressed 11 issues. The Android security patch fixes vulnerabilities in the system, Qualcomm components, framework, and media framework.

As per usual, Google states that none of these vulnerabilities were used to harm any end-users.

Pixel-specific updates

The April Android security patch also patches a number of issues on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. You can find the functional updates below:

  • Improves Voice-Unlocking performance for Google Assistant
  • Adjust Wi-Fi connectivity during eSIM activation on certain carriers
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity on Pixel devices
  • Removes screen flash when ambient display wakes for some Pixel 3 devices

Some of those updates will likely be very welcome to Pixel owners who are dealing with these various issues. Let us know in the comments if this update brings any big difference for usability.

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If you don’t want to wait for the April security patch to make its way to your phone or tablet, 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.

Just like with the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, it looks like Google dropped support for the Pixel C. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as the tablet received updated for four months after its promised period of support. You will have to check for third-party ROMs and other resources online if you want ongoing firmware and security upgrades for any of the devices.

Essential-specific updates

We were going to say “no update” today but you all are quicker to the download than our April Fools joke.
This month includes adjustments to brightness and volume settings. Check your phone for the latest!
— Essential (@essential) April 1, 2019

Also right on the heels of Google, the Essential Phone is receiving the Aprils security patch. In addition to the Android bug fixes, Essential has added adjustments to the minimum brightness and volume settings.

Hit that update button to get the latest security patch on your Essential Phone now!

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