Pixel 4 Getting December's Android Update Next Week, Here are the Fixes

Ruben Fields
December 4, 2019

This month's security patch for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is unusually delayed until next week. Google has since updated us on the situation through their Pixel Phone community, stating that the Pixel 4 line will receive their December updates "next week". However, it surprised 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL owners when it brought Android 10 update to both handsets earlier this year. If you bought directly from a carrier, it may take longer for the update to roll out.

The Pixel 4 family has been far more reliable than previous Pixel generations, all of which were bedeviled by one to several high-profile issues. Right now, the crashes seem isolated to those using either the Pixel 3 or 3a models running Pixel 4's launcher with Android 10's gesture navigation enabled.

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Consisting of the 2019-12-01 and 2019-12-05 security patch levels, the Android Security Patch for December 2019 addresses a total of 42 security flaws across various Android components, including Android Framework, Media framework, Android System, Kernel components, as well as Qualcomm components, including closed-source ones.

Finally, Google has said the update should also introduce "hundreds of various fixes and improvements across many areas including performance, stability, camera, display and face unlock". The update is available on Pixel 4/4XL, Pixel 3/3XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 2/2XL and the original Pixel/Pixel XL. The patch also fixes background audio static in third-party camera apps and pairing issues faced by Pixel 4/4 XL owners with Gramin devices. It should also add dark mode support for the boot loader and improve the intensity of haptic vibrations "in certain cases".

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