October 2019 security patch comes to Pixel phones with critical bug fixes

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The October 2019 security patch has been released.
  • It's rolling out now to Pixel owners.
  • Images and update files available at the Google Developer site.

It's time for some patching, and not the pumpkin kind.

Google has released the October 2019 Android Security Bulletin and associated patches, which means an update is now being served to all the Pixel phones. This patch, like the ones before it, contains all the general security-related fixes for Android itself and we see updates for the Media Framework, several System-level patches, a high priority kernel patch, and contributions from Qualcomm that directly affect phones using its hardware.

We also see the patch for a nasty 0-day vulnerability included, but since it wasn't assigned a CEV we're not quite sure which one it is. We do know Google said it would be addressed in the October 2019 patch, so we're calling it fixed.

If you have a Pixel phone expect an OTA update in short order with some extra Pixel-specific changes and quality of life improvements. Included are updates that improve Wi-Fi and system stability, a fix for a rare boot loop when using certain system locales, some notification improvements — including a fix for missing notifications when using the Pixel Stand — and a change that makes gesture navigation more stable.

If you are the type who likes taking things into your own hands, images and relevant files are available at the Android Developer site that you can flash to your Pixel with no waiting.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • wonder if this will finally trigger the dark mode for apps like Gmail on my Pixel XL.
  • You can force dark mode by going in developers option
  • Might be worth mentioning that, if you are planning to sideload the OTA, you will need to update adb and, possibly, fastboot.
  • Well it seems they have broken the update button again had to sideload it, on top of that I did not update my ADB and fastboot and I still got a successful install. OG Pixel XL
  • OTA worked ok for me . Pixel 2XL
  • Waiting for my update wave to activate, expect I'll see it sometime today. P2XL
  • OTA worked fine on my original XL this morning. Updated to 10 last month with no hiccups although with the last two updates, (both 9 and 10) there seemed to be a slight hesitation in wifi connectivity. Not a deal breaker, just noticeable. Still a great phone, IMHO.
  • I did the OTA update on my Pixel 2 today, Tuesday, October 8. The update was only 7.4 MB! That seems oddly small. I'm now on the October 6, 2019 Patch level and September 1, 2019 Google Play system update. Anyone else notice a small update of 7.4 MB instead of something a bit larger?
  • Same for me. Not sure what is happening here.