December 2018 security patch now rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices

The December security patch is rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices, with Google taking to opportunity to implement a number of updates and bugfixes for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that launched back on October 9th. The patch is rolling out via OTA although factory images are available to download and manually flash if patience isn’t your strong suit. 

The security patch includes low-level driver and bootloader updates from Qualcomm and HTC, although the big news is that Google has addressed the RAM management issues experienced by Pixel 3 and 3 XL owners. According to the changelog, the patch will improve “memory performance in certain circumstances.” It’s hoped that these ‘certain circumstances’ include the scenario of running a music app in the background while the camera is launched. Other notable inclusions include improved Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth patches, camera improvements, improved Always On Display triggering, and improved notifications.

The OTA is busy rolling out (download here) and the factory images for Pixel and Nexus devices are available to download here if you don’t feel like waiting for the update notification to appear. Let us know in the comments below if the patch has fixed the memory management issues experienced with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Source: Android Developers

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).