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July 2020 Android security patch arrives with the usual bug fixes

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google has begun rolling out the July 2020 Android security patch.
  • It has a few Qualcomm vulnerability fixes, but that's about it.
  • There don't appear to be any notable features with this month's update.

Just like clockwork, every month sees Google releasing a new security patch for Android. The latest July 2020 patch just landed, and simply put, it's a bit of a snooze fest.

Looking at the changelog for this patch, Google calls out a few system vulnerability fixes, along with patches for Qualcomm and Broadcom components. A couple of highlights include one High and two Critical patches for the System, along with one Critical and one High for the Media Framework.

The bulletin specifically for Google's Pixel phones has not been updated yet, with placeholder text being used in the Announcements section. We'll keep an eye on this for it to be updated with what's actually new, but it'll more than likely just be additional patches for small bugs here and there.

An over-the-air update for the July 2020 patch should arrive on your Pixel phone soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for it. It may not be the most exciting update you've ever received, but having the latest security patch on your phone is critical for safe and secure daily usage.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

9 Comments
  • Probably only for Android 10. I don't expect it because I am running Android 11 Beta 1.5 on my Pixel 4 XL.
  • Same on 3aXL I don't see it.
  • And here i am with my S20+ on the July security patch since June 28.
  • Good for you! Meanwhile while us Pixel owners will soon be enjoying Android 11 you'll still be waiting for Samsung and your phones carrier to release a stable version of Android 11for your device. *Mike drop*
  • Android 11 isn't really exciting to be honest. BTW my device is the international version.
  • I have a Razer Phone 2 and had the same thing. I think it got pushed to a bunch of devices early.
  • I'm really starting to think that monthly security updates are not important for maintaining the security of an Android device; the real nuts and bolts is in Play Services. Here's a thought experiment; I have a stock, bootloader-locked Nexus 5x on Android 8.1, with the security patch dated November 2018. However, it has up to date play services and apps.
    If I used it as my daily driver for a month, would I experience any hacks? How about a year? Would any of you be willing to wager money that I'd get hacked? I'll bet not. Maybe Motorola has been right all along; Security updates are security theater, and major OS updates just frustrate normal users by changing how things work. This from a guy with a Pixel 3a btw.
  • My "T-Mobile" signal now reads "Mint".. so there's that change at least.. 3XL
  • I just received the July update for the Redmi Note 9S. I should check more often.