September security patch now available for Android 9 Pie on Pixel devices

If you've been enjoying Android 9 Pie on one of the Pixel or Pixel 2 devices, large or small, it's about to get even better with its first security patch. Dated for September 5, the OTA files and firmware images are already available on Google's site in case you don't want to wait (as long as you're comfortable with manually flashing software updates).

The September 2018 security patch brings with it a few software fixes, namely improving Bluetooth audio quality over car speakers, along with improving charging efficiency for Pixel phones in Retail Mode (the demo loops running on phones at carrier stores) and better software version reporting.

This security patch also includes some changes that keep potentially malicious installed apps from reading data generated by other apps.

If you're feeling impatient and don't mind flashing the update yourself, you can visit Google's developer site to download the appropriate OTA and factory images. Otherwise, you should be seeing the update come to your Pixel device within the next couple of days.

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

  • Downloading on my essential phone now...
  • Nothing yet here in the UK on O2.
  • Update. Arrived this evening. No issues to report so far.
  • My patch is downloading now from Verizon.
  • Should start using "XXX security patch now available for Android 9 Pie on Pixel and Essential devices" They are pretty much inline with Google these days.
  • Faster apparently. Nothing here on my Google Fi Pixel yet.
  • Got it on my Essential too.
  • No mention of battery drain improvements, which have been an issue since official pie was released.
  • The battery on my Pixel 2 is also draining more quickly with Pie. Still get a days use but was getting a day and a half.
  • Powered up my Essential and it was waiting on me to download.
  • Downloading on my Pixel 2 XL
  • Was hoping to get some better fixes than this. Charging in retail mode? Wtf.... They shouldn't even list that. I have to reboot my device to fix issues. Proximity sensor not working in call. Adaptive brightness broken. Ect. All this gets fixed with a reboot.
  • My Essential received it yesterday
  • My pixel XL battery seems to drain faster with this update...
  • Had this on my OP6 a day before 🤷‍♂️