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The Android security update for Pixel is released

versionGoogle released the security update Android, for February of 2019, for Pixel users. The update is available for all Pixel models, including Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C. However, it is not available for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. It deals with 42 issues in general and resolves vulnerabilities that are considered serious or critical.

As mentioned in the Pixel Newsletter, the Android security update does not include Pixel-only features. Google has provided "operational updates and enhancements to various parts of the Android platform".

The Android newsletter for February reported that the latest Android security update has two patch levels with 01-02-2019 and 05-02-2019, which resolve 15 and 27 issues respectively. The vulnerabilities it faces are considered critical, but the most serious problem that fixes the new update is related to the multimedia framework that could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code using a specially crafted PNG file.

With the new update, Google has also resolved issues related to the media library and kernel components. It also fixes system vulnerabilities and issues related to different components Qualcomm.

As detected by 9to5Google, the Android security update moves the "About phone" section and brings it to the main menu "Settings" - just above the "Tips & support" option. Previously, the "About phone" section was available on the "System" menu. There is also a special section "Safety & regulatory manual".

How to install the Android security update

You can check the availability of the security update on your Pixel phone or tablet by going to Settings> System> Advanced> System update. As mentioned above, the update is compatible with Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C.

Alternatively, you can use the factory images. It is recommended that you back up your data before using the new package as it will delete your existing data.

Google has also provided OTA Zip files, which you can download to install the security update on your device through an unlocked bootloader. It is important for devices to have the latest Android version to receive the latest security update.

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