July 2019 security patch rolling out with improved "OK Google" detection

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

What you need to know

  • The July 2019 Android security patch is now rolling out.
  • Pixel 3a, 3, and 2 devices get improved "OK Google" and music detection.
  • There are also patches for bootloader bugs for the Pixel 3.

The beginning of each month always means that it's time for a new Android security update, and for July, Google's pushing out its latest patch on the very first day of the month.

Like most months, July's patch comes with two dates — July 1 and July 5. The typical vulnerability patches for the system, library, media framework, etc. are all here to ensure your Android phone is as safe and secure as can be.

If you have a Pixel 3a, 3, or 2 device, one of the most user-facing changes includes better detection for the "OK Google" command and "music detection" (likely for the phones' Now Playing feature). All Pixel phones get improved Unicode Japanese language support, along with the Pixel 3 and 3a phones getting improvements for the Titan M chip.

The security patch is rolling out now for Pixel phones, so be sure to check for an update if you haven't already received it.

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Joe Maring

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  • Yep! Downloading the update for P2XL
    File size: 60.8 MB
  • And I ditched my Google phones for a Moto G7 Power a few months ago. Still on December 2018 security patch. Not my best decision lol
  • I just got June's yesterday on the Nokia 7.1.
  • I downloaded this update on July 2nd on my pixel 3 XL and I've been having nothing but issues. When I'm in certain spots of my home, the wifi kicks in and out. Never did that before. My battery is worse. I unplugged my phone at 100% before going to bed, woke up the next morning and it was at 60%. Anybody else noticing problems?