Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL now receiving July 2019 Android security patch with improved ‘Ok Google’ detection

“The factory images and full OTA zip files are already available via Google’s servers for users to manually flash them”

Google released the July security update for Pixel smartphones. Alongside security fixes, the update also brings functional changes and improvements as well. The “OK Google” detection, as well as the music detection and the performance of the dedicated Titan M security chip, have been improved. The update also brings support for Unicode Japanese language and also resolved boot issues on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The factory images and full OTA zip files are already available via Google’s servers for users to manually flash them.

Furthermore, the July 2019 Android security patch also resolves 12 issues, with vulnerabilities range from high to critical, including a remote attacker possibly executing arbitrary code. It fixes the problem of devices getting stuck in EDL mode with a blank screen. Apart from Google Pixel phones, Essential is also rolling out the July security patch to its only phone, the Essential Phone PH-1. Since the update is just released, it might take a week to reach everyone.

Separately, Google acknowledged the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL freezing during sleep bug on Android Q beta and said that it’d be rolling out a fix soon. Unfortunately, the update is restricted to devices running Android Q, and Google didn’t mention anything about the issues on the handsets running on Android 9.0 Pie at the moment. The company is also reported to be working on a new Airdrop-like Fast Sharing platform for Android devices, named “Fast Share”. It is claimed to share files such as photos, files, videos, URLs, text, and more to nearby devices.

Google Pixel 3 128GB Specifications
Octa core (2.5 GHz, Quad Core + 1.6 GHz, Quad core)
Snapdragon 845
5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
1080x2160 px, 439 PPI
12.2 MP Primary Camera
Dual LED Flash
8 MP + 8 MP Dual Front Cameras
2915 mAh
Fast Charging
USB Type-C port
Google Pixel 3 128GB Video

Sai Krishna is a close follower of tech and everything that has the word 'smart' involved. This makes him passionate to write about everything revolving around the world of technology. He can always be seen surfing the web and while he’s not working, you can find him re-watching Seinfeld and reading comics.
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