Pixel and Essential smartphones get first dibs on Android 10's monthly patches

Pixel and Essential smartphones get first dibs on Android 10’s monthly patches

It has been a little over a month since Google’s update on its operating system, Android 10 has dropped on Pixel and Essential phones. And in keeping with the tradition, the tech company just released the first monthly security patches for these devices.

Every month Google releases security patches on its operating system to improve performance, patch exploits and fix any issues. The October security patch will be available starting on the 7th and will bring in changes as well as several bug fixes to the Pixel devices.

Android 10 security patch – aims to improve the overall experience of devices

Android 10 security patch – aims to improve the overall experience of devices
Android 10 security patch – aims to improve the overall experience of devices

The October patch is the very first monthly security patch since Android 10 officially came out. Google has made a couple of changes to improve the overall experience for all devices running on Android 10.

The most notable updates include changes to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, heads-up notifications which were missing in Android 10, memory leaks that deeply caused performance issues, fixes to stability and a change to gestures.

Android 10 October security patch improves Pixel’s gesture navigation and many more

Android 10 October security patch improves Pixel's gesture navigation and many more
Android 10 October security patch improves Pixel’s gesture navigation and many more

When Google released the Android 10, the Pixel phones were the first ones to get the first dibs. And now, it is also one of the firsts to get the monthly security patches. Below is the complete list of Pixel smartphones that are supported with the Android 10 security patch:

  • Pixel and Pixel XL
  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

All three generations of Pixel smartphones and the Pixel 3a will be getting a gesture navigation stability movements, which have been categorized under UI. This should improve the new way to navigate around the Android 10 by just swiping the white strip at the bottom of the device. Also, it is now easier to come across bugs in the stable release, even if you are using the older navigation methods such as 2-button.

Android 10 October security patch promises faster performance
Android 10 October security patch promises faster performance

There are also other improvements in the UI category which include fixes in “memory drain in UI, “boot loop in certain device locale modes,” and “missing heads-up notifications,” with a couple of users reporting about the latter problem.

General “System stability improvements” are also considered in this security patch for Pixel. Additionally, “Wi-Fi stability improvements” are also included for all eight Pixel smartphones.

There is a “Fix for missing notifications in Pixel Stand mode,” and “Sensor calibration improvements” for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. Below is the shortlist provided by Google.

Complete list of updates and fixes in Android 10's first monthly security patch
Complete list of updates and fixes in Android 10’s first monthly security patch

The changes and updates are one big list even if they seem pretty minor. The updates are already rolling out to Pixel users and should be rolling out continuously. Essential owners, on the other hand, should note that the company claims it is already available for them.

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