As a new month begins, Google releases a new bunch of security fixes for Android, and makes them available to its Nexus and Pixel devices. Things are a little bit different today, however, since the company now lists a separate section in its security bulletin page that details “functional updates” for Pixels. These are the fixes that aren’t related to security, and for the November release 6 out of 12 such patches are related to Bluetooth. There are a couple of camera improvements baked in too, an audio fix, two mobile data-related enhancements, and a vague “improved application stability” note as well.
Another thing the November security release does differently is that it has three patch levels – November 1, November 5, and November 6. Usually we only see the first two of those. Obviously Google’s Pixels and Nexuses will be on the November 6 security patch level after applying this update, but it’s unclear how other manufacturers will handle the situation.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
There are 11 security issues fixed by the November 1 patch, an additional 11 in the November 5 level, and 9 more in November 6. These last ones might be the required fixes for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability. On top of all that, there are 53 additional fixes that are specific to Pixels and Nexuses.
Factory images and full OTA zip files are already available to grab for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player. The over-the-air rollout of the update should commence shortly, if it hasn’t already.
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