Thursday , April 19 2018

Google’s April Android Security updates released with many updates for Nexus & Pixel devices


The monthly security update bulletin for Android has just been released, and with it the OTA files for supported Nexus and Pixel devices.

As usual there are two updates, the 1st and 5th of April updates. The security bulletin for the 1st of April, and the associated update files are addressing issues in the Kernel, Framework, Media Framework and Android Runtime. The 5th of April patch addresses all these issues, as well as specific Broadcom and Qualcomm issues as outlined in Qualcomm’s 2014–2016 partner focused bulletins.

The updates are available as flashable images on the Google Factory Images page, as well as OTA files on that page.

  • Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL – OPM2.171019.029
  • Pixel/Pixel XL – OPM2.171019.029
  • Nexus 6P – OPM3.171019.019 or OPM5.171019.019
  • Nexus 5X – OPM2.171019.029
  • Pixel C – OPM1.171019.026

As we’ve come to know, the Pixel and Nexus devices also get functional updates in these monthly security patches and this month there are a LOT of them. The full list includes:

References Category Improvements Devices
A-35963245 Performance Enable Assisted Dialing support Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-37681923
A-68215016
Logging Improve anomaly detection metrics All
A-63908720 Logging Improve diskstats logging All
A-64101451 Performance Improve handover from VoLTE to VoWi-Fi during Emergency calls on certain carriers Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-64586126 Camera Improve microvideo performance in Google Camera Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-64610438 Performance Reduce delays upon opening specific apps Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-65175134 Video Improve decoding of certain video streams Pixel, Pixel XL
A-65347520 Performance Improve fingerprint and keyboard latency in certain situations Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-65490850 UI Adjust notifications when entering or exiting Wi-Fi coverage during a video call Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-65509134 Connectivity Enable IMS911 on certain networks Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL
A-66951771 Logging Detect Wi-Fi Passport statistics for developers All
A-66957450 Performance Improve lock screen performance All
A-67094673 Logging Improve start time logging All
A-67589241 Performance Improve magnetic sensor performance on Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67593274 Battery Reduce battery drain after modem issues Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67634615 Stability Improve modem stability on Pixel and Pixel 2 phones Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67750231 UI Adjust Call Forwarding UI Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67774904 Connectivity Improve multi-calling performance over Wi-Fi Pixel, Pixel XL
A-67777512 Connectivity Improve data connectivity for T-Mobile users in parts of Australia Pixel, Pixel XL
A-67882977 Certification Update certification Pixel, Pixel XL
A-68150449
A-68059359
A-69797741
A-69378640
A-68824279
Stability Improve Wi-Fi stability on Pixel 2 phones Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68217064 Performance Improve handover to Wi-Fi Calling in low-coverage areas Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68398312 Performance Improve conference call performance over Wifi Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68671462 Connectivity Improve VoLTE performance for some carriers Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68841424 Connectivity Adjust APN updating behavior All
A-68863351 UI Improve settings app icons All
A-68923696
A-68922470
A-68940490
Certification Upgrade certificates to ensure continued service. Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68931709 Developer Add methods to PeerHandle API for developers All
A-68959671 Connectivity Update Verizon Service APK for Pixel phones Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69003183 Logging Improve Wi-Fi and RPM logging Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69017578
A-68138080
A-68205105
A-70731000
A-69574837
A-68474108
A-70406781
Connectivity, Performance Improve connectivity and performance on certain carrier networks Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69064494 Performance Improve notification listening apps All
A-69152057 Connectivity Address call forwarding issue. All
A-69209000 Connectivity Improve internet connectivity on Pixel 2 on certain WiFi networks Pixel 2
A-69238007
A-68202289
A-69334308
Connectivity Adjust APN settings Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69261367
A-70512352
Messaging Improve MMS messaging performance on certain carriers Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69275204 Battery Adjust battery learned capacity increment and decrement limits Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69334266 Connectivity Change voice domain to CS for certain carriers Pixel XL
A-69475609 Performance Adjust timeouts for Phone App All
A-69672417 Stability Improve stability for Pixel 2 devices in certain parts of Canada Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69848394
A-68275646
Performance Improve instant Apps performance All
A-69870527 UI Improve indicators for emergency call connectivity Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70045970 Battery Optimize search logic to improve battery performance. Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70094083
A-70094701
Battery Improve battery logging for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70214869 GPS Improve GPS Time performance on Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2 XL
A-70338906 Audio Improve audio speaker performance during phone calls All
A-70398372 UI Adjust advanced calling settings for Verizon Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70576351 Connectivity Change to prioritize certain bands Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70580873
A-70912923
A-71497259
Connectivity Improve in-call performance for some carriers Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70815434 Connectivity Improve network performance on Simyo carrier Nexus 5X
A-71708302 Logging Improve connectivity metrics All
A-71983424 Performance Improve experience switching between LTE and Wifi Pixel 2 XL
A-72119809 Connectivity Improve data performance for devices with certain SIM cards All
A-72175011 Logging Improve autofill logging All
A-72797728
A-71599119
Logging Improve internal troubleshooting tools All
A-72871435 Logging Improve network logging All

OTA files should be rolling out to supported Pixel and Nexus devices shortly – the ‘Check for Update’ button isn’t quite delivering the update yet – so keep an eye out. If you can’t wait, then you should be able to flash the images or OTA files to your device now.

Source: Android Security Update.

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Check for Update works again. Just downloaded the patch for my Nexus 5X.

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