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February 5, 2019
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February Android security patches are rolling out now to Pixel phones; others to follow

By Jason Murray

Google’s detailed what’s coming in Android’s February security patches today, with the updates rolling out to Pixel phones immediately alongside a small platform update.

Pixel phones move up to Android 9.0 (PQ2A.190205.001/2/3, depending on model), while the venerable Pixel C stays with Android 8.1 (OPM8.190205.001) but still gets some patching love. If you can’t wait for that OTA update, head over to Google’s Factory Images page.

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As for what’s in the updates? Google published details of the changes in a security bulletin. There’s also a dedicated page for Pixel updates that reveals no Pixel-specific changes, but does note delivery of a quarterly platform update along with the patch (Droid-Life notes the riveting change of location of “About Phone” in the settings menu).

The February patches will now be added to the AOSP code base, and it’s on manufacturers to roll out the changes to their own handsets. If you’re running a non-Google Android phone, you should check to find out your phone manufacturer’s (or carrier’s) policy for distributing security updates.

Last modified on 5 February 2019 7:47 am

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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