Google begins rolling out the August 2020 security patch

Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a (Image credit: Alex Dobie / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The August 2020 security patch is official and rolling out to devices.
  • There are the usual bug fixes that we expect every month.
  • Not much else is new, not even in terms of new Pixel features.

The start of a new month is something a lot of people look forward to, and in the Android space, it gives us a new security patch from Google. These patches are rolled out to ensure devices stay as up-to-date and secure as can be, so while they aren't always exciting, they are important.

This month's update is another snoozer, offering the usual array of framework, media framework, and system fixes that we expect every month. MediaTek and Qualcomm components also get the normal round of updates, with nothing out-of-the-blue being present.

Google sometimes uses these monthly patches to roll out Pixel-specific fixes and features, but that doesn't look to be the case with this particular patch. If Google is working on anything new software-wise, we'll likely see those things be held off until the Pixel 5 later this year.

Factory images for the August 2020 patch are already available, but if you don't feel like manually flashing it onto your device, you can also just wait for the over-the-air update to come through.

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  • I just did mine this morning and I got a lot of new AR icons which I promptly disabled. This is the biggest thing I dislike about updates. I don't use that stuff, I have the 'add icon' options turned off and yet, I'm stuck with all of this stuff I don't want. :/
  • Apple releases a security patch = it's worldwide news, stock jumps 5% Google releases a security patch = no one cares. Anyway, installing this on my 4XL, just glad I'm not in the Apple moat 👍
  • That's because Apple has better Brand recognition than Google and the whole of Android put together and the security patches for Android only reach a certain number of Android phones first (in this case the Pixels) I don't have a Pixel and have a OnePlus 7T and I'm still on the May security patch as OnePlus has seemingly forgotten about the 7T series but I don't care as I'm going back to iPhone in 3 days and dropping my 7T as my daily driver as I'm sick of Android and it's shortcomings, i.e fragmentation, unoptimised apps, security issues and I don't care about customisation and gimmicky features and oh iPhone is way better to me and the iPhone gestures are better.