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December 2018 Android Security Update Goes Live for Pixel, Nexus Devices (Updated)

DECEMBER ANDROID SECURITY PATCH

Google just released the December 2018 Android security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices. It appears that we already have both factory image and OTA files ready to be downloaded for those willing to do some manual labor, or as always, you can sit back and wait for the update to arrive over-the-air (OTA) to your device.

So far, we are seeing new 9.0.0 files for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (PQ1A.181205.006) and Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (PQ1A.181205.002). The regular Pixel and Pixel XL do not have December builds available just yet.

Other Google devices that still receiving security patches on Oreo are getting the following updates: Nexus 6P (OPM7.181205.001), Nexus 5X (OPM7.181205.001), and Pixel C (OPM8.181205.001).

Update: Pixel (PQ1A.181205.002.A1) and Pixel XL (PQ1A.181205.002.A1) files are now live.

Functional Patches for Pixel/Nexus:

ReferencesCategoryImprovementsDevices
A-117522738PerformanceImproved memory performance in certain circumstancesPixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-110969183CameraImproved camera capture performancePixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111008450Pixel StandImproved notification visibility when using Pixel StandPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-112376366Android AutoImproved Android Auto compatibilityPixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-115666282CameraAdjusted autofocus behaviorPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-115624433Pixel StandImproved hotword performance when using Pixel StandPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-116758282DisplayImproved Always On Display triggeringPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111964925AudioImproved USB-C Audio accessory detectionPixel 3 XL
A-111716107BluetoothAdjusted volume behavior when toggling BluetoothPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111159723Android AutoImproved audio performance for when using Android Auto in certain vehiclesPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-112228430MediaImproved contouring on HDR color on certain media appsPixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-113151604CameraImproved camera shutter performancePixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
A-111277984PerformanceImprove unlocking performance when using BluetoothPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

You can grab each image or OTA file at the links below. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, here you go. To check for the update, head into Settings>System>Advanced>System update.

As more details arrive, we’ll update this post.

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