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January 2019 security patch goes live for Pixel devices

Google is starting off the new year strong with the rollout of the January 2019 security patch for its Pixel line of devices. Per the Pixel Update Bulletin, this update fixes a number of security issues, the most severe of which allowed remote attackers to use a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.

For Pixel 3 and 3 XL owners, this update also improves audio quality while recording video — something many users have complained about since the devices' release.

The January 5, 2019 security patch should be rolling out to all Pixel devices shortly (you can manually check by tapping the System update button within the System section of the Settings app), but if you don't want to wait, you can manually flash it using the appropriate factory image for your device — PQ1A.190105.004 for the Pixel 3, PQ1A.190105.004 for the Pixel 2, PQ1A.190105.004 for the original Pixel, and OPM8.190105.002 for the Pixel C tablet (which still runs Android 8.1 Oreo).

For more information on security patches in general, along with how to manually flash an update to your Pixel, check out our full guide.

Hayato was a product reviewer and video editor for Android Central.

  • Meanwhile.... It is a total pandemic as millions of Android users on phones more than two years old are being hacked and bank accounts drained! Yawn.... Not really.
  • You do realize that there are bug fixes and optimizations included in each month's update right? My Pixel 2 XL gets better and more fluid with each one. You speak like someone who is jealous that your phone doesn't have regular updates.
  • You want a company to wait until they're severely compromised to elevate their security measures? You must have a Yahoo account.
  • waiting for my download and update as we speak.