January security update rolls out to Pixel 4, includes December update too

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Update, January 6, 2019 (2:30 PM ET): Today, the January security patch began rolling out to Pixel 2 through Pixel 4 devices. As well as the usual bug fixes and patches, this update includes a few other functional updates too.

There are eight issues ranging from high to critical resolved in January’s security patch. The most severe patch fixed a vulnerability in the media framework allowing remote attackers to execute code through a crafted file. 

All supported Pixel phones also received a patch for a notification display bug where devices were getting stuck during boot on Android 10 and a fix for a WiFi crash issue.

Related: Got a Pixel 4 but didn’t get December update? Expect a two in one update soon.

Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL devices also received smooth display support for WeChat and a few fixes regarding the new Google Assistant. The new Google Assistant should now work correctly with the flashlight toggle, and there is also a patch fixing the color-shifting some users experienced at lower brightness.

Also, if you still have yet to receive the December security patch, fret not. The January security patch includes the joint bug fixes and patches from both updates for those of you Google may have missed last month.

If you are too impatient to wait for the OTA to land on your device, you can download the factory images and OTA files at the links below:

  • Pixel 4 factory images: 
    • Download the Standard version here
    • Download the TW & JP version here
    • Download the NTT DOCOMO version here
  • Pixel 4 OTA files:
    • Download the Standard version here
    • Download the TW & JP version here
    • Download the NTT DOCOMO version here
  • Pixel 4 XL factory images:
    • Download the Standard version here
    • Download the TW & JP version here
    • Download the NTT DOCOMO version here
  • Pixel 4 XL OTA files:
    • Download the Standard version here
    • Download the TW & JP version here
    • Download the NTT DOCOMO version here

Welcome to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Android update hub. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the latest Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL updates, including which version they’re currently at and when future updates are likely to arrive. (Note: The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL usually receive their updates at the same time.)


Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL updates

  • Current stable version: Android 10
  • When will the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL get Android 11? September 2020 (estimated)

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched earlier this year with Android 10, the latest version of Android. They are expected to receive three major updates in their lifetime in accordance with Google’s smartphone update policy.

Google tends to update its Pixel phones with the latest Android version on the day it first becomes available. That means the Pixel 4 and 4 XL should see Android 11 as soon as the final version rolls out. It’s expected around September of 2020.

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Recent updates

  • The November Pixel 4 update fixed some software issues with camera white balance, as well as some enhancements to the phones’ 90Hz displays.
  • Google is bringing new features to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in upcoming “feature drops.” Pixel devices already get regular bug fixes and general improvements, but these new feature drops will bring more content and tools to your device. The first one brings general performance enhancements, and it comes with new photo editing tools, enhanced Call Screening, and improved Duo calls.
  • Google announced that in an upcoming update, Google Pixel 4 users in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, and Australia will get an update to the new Google Assistant. Unfortunately, the new Assistant is still only available in English, and it won’t work if you have a G Suite account on your phone.
  • Google’s December 2019 update made its way to Pixel 4 users around the world at the end of the month, and it introduced e-SIM support on T-Mobile, dual-frequency GPS, and improvements to Face Unlock. Pixel 4 devices should now deliver more accurate location tracking and face unlock functionality should improve the more you use it.

     


Looking for another device update? Head to our general Android 10 update tracker at the link. If you’ve spotted an OTA we haven’t, tip us!

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