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The Google Pixel's February 2019 update includes more than just security

The February 2019 security patch surprisingly includes some changes to the Settings menu.

Published onFebruary 5, 2019

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Yesterday, Pixel owners were happy to learn that Google is pushing out the February security patch to their devices. What they didn’t know is that the update surprisingly includes some new user-facing changes and features, reported 9to5Google.

First up is the About phone section, which is now its own section and sits above Tips & support in the main Settings screen. Previously, About phone was the first option in the System section.

In addition to being its own main section, About phone also includes a new Safety & regulatory manual option. The new option provides a copy of the printed Safety & Warranty booklet that’s included with every device.

The changes don’t stop there — the Settings menu features a new layout and icons. The colorful icons are a nice reprieve from the all-white background that Google goes for with its updated Material Design aesthetic.

You can also schedule a device restart after you download and install an update. Kind of.

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The software keeps in mind whether the device is in use or idle. As such, any update you get will pause if you’re using your device and visit the System updates section. You can manually resume the download and even tap the new Restart after 2:00AM option on the bottom left once the update is done.

Selecting the new option restarts your device between 2:00AM and 4:00AM your time. You can’t yet pick any time you want, but we’re hoping that becomes an option with a future update.

The February security patch is now rolling out to supported Pixel devices and the Essential Phone.

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