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March security update broken for some Pixels (Update: AT&T Pixel 4 update back)

Update: The AT&T update for the Google Pixel 4 was temporarily halted, but now it's back in gear.

Published onMarch 6, 2020

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Update, March 6, 2020 (02:15 PM ET): In the article below, we talk about how the AT&T Google Pixel update for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL was temporarily halted by Google. However, according to 9to5Google, that update is rolling out again to AT&T users.

As the article below explains, the primary reason Google halted the update was that it broke Google Pay functionality. This update shouldn’t face that issue.

Original article, March 3, 2020 (12:37 PM ET): Google released its second-ever Pixel feature drop yesterday, and with the update came the latest Android March security patch. Unfortunately, not all has been fine and dandy with some Pixel 2 and Pixel 4 users reporting the update has broken a few of their devices’ features.

Google Pixel 2 owners received Live Caption functionality this January only to see the new feature stripped from their devices with this current update. This looks to be an intentional move since the feature wasn’t initially supposed to roll out to Pixel 2 devices when it did. According to a tweet from the official Google Twitter account, Live Caption functionality will return back to Pixel 2 devices in an update scheduled for next week.

Hi there, to turn on Live Caption, press either volume button and tap the Live Caption icon. Live Caption is available now on Pixel 3, 3a, and 4. Live Caption will begin rolling out globally to Pixel 2 on March 12. Hope this info helps.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) March 3, 2020

On the other hand, AT&T Google Pixel 4 owners have reported an issue that wasn’t intentional. According to several users on Reddit, Google Pay functionality was broken on their devices when they installed the update. This is apparently because Google didn’t properly certify the build, and Google has paused the update to fix the situation.

Related: Pixel owners can now pin their favorite apps to the share menu

There is no word yet on when Google will re-release the March security update on Pixel 4 devices, but we hope it moves quickly since many people rely on Google Pay in their day-to-day lives.