November 2020 Security Patch is Here for Pixel and Flagship Samsung Phones


In this penultimate month of the year 2020, it’s time to cheer for Pixel users! Google has started rolling out the November security patch for Pixel phones.

Google announced on its Pixel bulletin that the following phones will be getting the November 2020 security patch updates:

  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 4a 5g
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL

The update comes with a whole bunch of bug fixes and a few feature improvements such as improved auto-brightness response for outdoors and better touch response with certain screen protectors. However, don’t expect any major upgrades or new features, as this is not a quarterly feature drop.

Unfortunately, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL won’t be getting the November update. These phones will receive one last update in December 2020 before the start of their end-of-support status. So if you are really particular about software updates and security patches, it is high time for you to consider upgrading your device.

Surprisingly, along with Pixel, Samsung is also rolling out the November 2020 security patch update. The Galaxy Z Fold, Galaxy Xcover Pro, and A2 Core were the first to receive the update followed by the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Note 10, and the Galaxy S10 series.

According to the Samsung bulletin, the update includes the November 2020 security patch rolled out by Android, and along with a few of their own OS bug fixes. The remaining compatible Samsung devices are expected to receive the update soon.

You can update your phone by performing a software check on your System Settings. If you don’t want to wait for the OTA alert on your Pixel phone, you can always manually update by downloading the OTA images or the factory images.

Here are the direct links to the zip files for the OTA files and the factory images for all the Pixel models:

The remaining phones will be receiving the November 2020 security patch update before the end of 2020.

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