Google Fixes Problems, Brings Pixel 4 Features to Older Pixels

Alonzo Simpson
December 4, 2019

The December 2019 Android security patch comes with various fixes and improvements across many areas including performance, stability, camera, display and face unlock.

The most critical security issues fixed in this update affects the Framework component and could allow a remote attacker to cause a permanent denial of service.

Google's December Pixel Security Update fixes several issues on Pixel 4 and brings some Pixel 4 features to older Pixels. Our own Zach, whose Pixel 3a XL malfunctioned after the update, wasn't spared either.

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You may have noticed that as the December Android security update went live this morning, Google didn't post files for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its newest phones. It also be available for other Android devices from Essential, Samsung, OnePlus, and more manufacturers in the coming weeks, so update as soon as possible. If you've had trouble with static noise in Spotify, or staticky audio when using a third-party camera app, the next update may solve your problems. Also, flickering display in "different usage cases" has been addressed, while there is improved "haptic vibration intensity in certain cases".

This isn't the first time that Google has had to push back the launch of its Pixel 4 operating system upgrade, last month, the November 2019 patch arrived nearly two weeks later for Pixel 4 than any other device in Google's smartphone range. The 2019 Pixel phones are also getting Dark Mode support support in bootloader with the latest security update. There's also a mention of a fix for "Pixel Wallet display in power menu".

As for fixes for this month's update, Google is addressing a number of items.

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