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Pixel 3s and Essential Phone are now receiving the February 2019 Android security patch

The latest Pixel phones are covered with the newest security patch level. (Source: Google)
The latest Pixel phones are covered with the newest security patch level. (Source: Google)
Phones from the most recent Pixel generation (and the Essential PH-1) have been reported as having received notifications to download the latest security patch for Android. Essential has noted that this update also contains other necessary additions such as bug-fixes. This patch may roll out to other devices later on, depending on their OEMs and carriers.

Google has released the newest security patch for Android. Unsurprisingly, the first devices able to install it were the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The OEM Essential has also claimed to be rolling this update out to its PH-1 flagship now. The patch is dated February 5, 2019, and has been reported as being about 136MB in size. As with all of these updates, it puts Google's latest work on software safety for Android into practice.

Essential has also reported that the new patch level also brings performance improvements, bug fixes and modem security patches to the PH-1s that download and install it. This is not surprising, as last month's patch was also associated with tweaks that addressed the Pixel 3 series' ongoing audio-capture deficiencies.

Those who own the very few devices that can install this update can do so by either downloading them directly from Google or through waiting for the OTA notification on the subject. As usual, people with devices from other OEMs (or carrier-locked phones) will have to wait until these manufacturers incorporate the February patch level into their own Android skins.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-02- 5 (Update: 2019-02- 5)