Android August security patch is available for Pixel phones

A new month just cannot start without a Google Security Update. Google started rolling out the security patch to Samsung phones at the end of July already, although the August update only included minor bug fixes. Now, it's the turn of Pixel phones, and this latest security patch is an important one.

Although there's only one general fix in the August security update for Pixel phones specifically, it's a big fix, and very likely one that Pixel users will appreciate immensely. Pixel users have reported instances where Google Assistant will be accidentally invoked without any prompting from the user. Although Google didn’t elaborate on precisely what the issue was, the fix is beneficial, especially if you're tired of Google Assistant chiming in when you don’t need it.

Although the August security update is a modest one, it shouldn't come as a surprise as both Android 11 and the current OS on Pixel phones are mature. With the upcoming release of Android 12 and the new Pixel phones, the focus is more on preparing for the future than polishing existing products.

The Android August Security Patch is Available for Pixel Phones

Suppose you're eager to get the security patch installed on your device. In that case, you can do so manually by downloading the relevant factory image, or you can wait for the over-the-air (OTA) message, which should be arriving shortly.

Aside from this Pixel-specific update, other Android users will be receiving a few fixes as well. Among these fixes is that high severity issues on Android Framework, Media Framework, and System libraries have been addressed. Media Framework and Codecs were also updated. Qualcomm and MediaTek have also addressed patch exploits found in their hardware. Finally, Widevine DRM also updated components to address a critical vulnerability.

Conclusion

There's no denying the value of a security update, regardless of how small it may seem. This latest August patch addresses a few minor issues on Android devices, as well as a very annoying problem where Google Assistant starts running without being prompted on Pixel phones. These are issues we can all certainly live without.

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  1. ilev said on August 3, 2021 at 8:10 pm
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    Were are the links ?
    Any way what none Pixel Android device older than 1 year ever sees security updates ?

  2. G. Faoro said on August 4, 2021 at 4:11 am
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    Gmail app no longer works after this update is made …

  3. Jojo said on August 4, 2021 at 8:14 am
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    “Pixel users have reported instances where Google Assistant will be accidentally invoked without any prompting from the user.”
    ———
    Yup, I’ve experienced this on my Pixel 3XL. Very annoying.

    A couple of others need fixing:

    1. One is what I call shadow reboots. There’s no notice of a reboot, but when I pick up the phone, I’ll see that a reboot has occurred and the phone is waiting for me to enter my passcode to complete the boot. Battery power is good,so it’s not that I ran out of juice. I’ve probably seen this happen about 10 times in July.

    2. Sometimes the phone will lose WiFi, even though I am right next to the router. When this happens, WiFi cannot be restored unless I reboot.

  4. Jojo said on August 5, 2021 at 8:04 am
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    Experienced #2 today again. Out of nowhere for no known reason.

    Also note that when this happens, I lose all bluetooth devices (settings menu shows none found). Only a full reboot will repair.

  5. Jojo said on August 5, 2021 at 8:10 am
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    My Pixel 3XL gets monthly security updates and it is almost 3 years old now.

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