Google Releases November Update For Its Pixel Line: What’s New
Google’s Pixel phones have a new update with the latest November Android security patch, along with various fixes and improvements. The latest security patch includes patches for various security vulnerabilities that have been detailed in the Official Pixel Update Bulletin. The Pixel 3 series and later have received this update with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL left behind. The update includes various fixes in terms of apps, audio, camera, sensors, touch, and the system user interface. Some of the fixes apply to all Pixel phones, while others are more specific to each phone.
According to the official Pixel Support page, notable fixes include a preventive fix for inadvertent deletion of the playlist on YouTube Music, a fix for the bug that prevents ringing audio for featured contacts in DND mode, and a fix for the bug that causes the screen lights up after locking the phone under certain conditions. There is also a fix for when the navigation is hidden when watching videos in full screen. These fixes are common to all Pixel phones beyond Pixel 2: Pixel 3 / XL, Pixel 3a / XL, Pixel 4 / XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5.
the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 Also get a fix for the problem preventing calls in Android Auto mode. Auto-brightness response has been improved under certain outdoor conditions. Some users reported inconsistent touch sounds under certain conditions and that has been fixed as well.
the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4a They have also received some bug fixes, such as incorrect audio routing in Android Auto and multimedia audio stuttering in certain apps. The Pixel 4 / XL has a solution for dark screen during phone calls and lastly, Pixel 4a users have an improvement in touch response with certain screen protectors.
With the latest Android security patch, several security vulnerabilities have been addressed, as detailed in the Android Security Bulletin by November 2020. The official publication states that Android partners are notified of all security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices at least one month before publication. The list of vulnerabilities has been broadly categorized into Android Runtime, Framework, Media Framework, System, and Google Play system updates.
The ‘Android runtime’ vulnerability could “allow a local malicious application to bypass user interaction requirements to gain access to additional permissions.” The ‘Framework’ vulnerability could, in the worst case, “allow a remote attacker to use a specially crafted message to cause permanent denial of service.” A ‘Media Framework’ vulnerability could allow “a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.” In the event of a severe ‘System’ vulnerability, it could “allow an upcoming attacker to use a specially designed stream to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.” Google state.
Google will roll out updates in phases based on carrier and device.