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Some Pixel 2 owners got a mystery software update

Several Pixel 2 owners have received a second OTA update for the month of January. Google has yet to comment about what the patch does or why it was released.

Published onJanuary 19, 2018

  • Some Pixel 2 owners are seeing a second OTA update for the month of January.
  • The update is only available to a small group of people and doesn’t match the most current version on Google’s update page.
  • There is no official word on what it does, but some users noticed Google Assistant can now play locally stored music again.

A handful of Pixel 2 owners appear to be getting a second update this month. Several users on Reddit reported getting the 41.8 MB update yesterday, which pushed the build number to OPM2.171019.016. So far, we’ve seen no official information on the update, and the build number doesn’t match the current version on Google’s Factory Images page.

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Normally, Pixel owners get an update near the beginning of the month with the new security update and bug fixes. Occasionally, these updates include new features too. What we don’t see often is more than one update in the same month, which makes this recent OTA somewhat strange. This is further amplified by the fact that Google has kept mum as to what this second update was released for.

The only information we have comes from people who have downloaded the patch. According to several users, a bug that wouldn’t allow Google Assistant to play locally stored music has been resolved. Another user reported that they can now shuffle their music library through Google Home, where they couldn’t before. At this time, it’s unclear what else may be included in the update.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground and update this story when we have more information.

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