Lost in the hullabaloo of Android 11 yesterday is another piece of news: Security patches for the Google Pixel series have been released together as part of the Android 11 update. it’s more than ever, with many “high” and “critical” vulnerabilities, so be sure to install the Android 11 update sooner rather than later.
The functional note notes for this release are simple repetition of the features associated with Android 11, though you can check out the full list here. In other words, Pixel owners can expect a new conversation notification section, bubble notifications, built-in screen recording, enhanced media controls, and many enhancements privacy-related on top of some Pixel-specific features. For a deeper dive, you can check out our range in the Android 11 series and a (relatively outdated) rotation of features.
This month’s release may seem later than usual, and this is it. Normally, these releases occur on the first Monday of the month, but since the first Monday is Labor Day, it is all pushed up to the 8th. Ironically, Samsung is beating Google to release monthly patches these days.
Factory images and removable OTAs for Android 11 based patches are now available for Pixel devices. Generate numbers and usability that vary slightly based on carrier, region, and device. Curious, they also indicate a construction date for earlier this summer. Something similar happened with the first Pixel 4a images, so Google may have changed how it handles build numbers going forward – the company has done just that.