Google mistakenly releases confidential test build of next Android security update to Pixel XL

There appears to be no end in sight for Google's update blunders. After recently releasing the fingerprint sensor-breaking Android 7.1.2 update and multiple other buggy patches in the last few months, the tech giant now somehow managed to accidentally push a "confidential Googlers-only OTA" to a number of Pixel XL handsets.

Android Police reports that some Pixel XL owners received a "Dogfood" test build of the planned security patch for May 2017. The OTA notification specifically reads that this is a "CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY" update which Google employees are supposed to test out, but are not allowed to "discuss or comment" externally. 

Weighing in at 62 MB, the patch doesn't seem to bring any visible changes or new features. One user says that he got the new Play Store UI after updating, but considering that this is an isolated case, it's likely that this was caused by an accidental server-side change.

source: Android Police



1. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Please, tell me how Google is superior to Samsung, Moto, Sony, and OnePlus even, for pulling stunts like this, on top of their EXCEPTIONAL quality control and testing regimen that has resulted in: Pixels with broken bluetooth connectivity. Pixels and Nexi with borked fingerprint readers. Nexus 6P self shutting down at even 40 PERCENT charge remaining (Okay, it's more a Huawei thing, but it worsened SIGNIFICANTLY after the Google updates started coming in.) Nexus 6P bootlooping (Again, worsened after the Google updates started coming in.) Nexus 6 receiving a downgrade to 7.0 because 7.1.1 broke Android Pay. It's ridiculous.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Welcome to reality Google, Apple, Samsung, Moto, Sony, OnePlus, LG, HTC, Huawei/Honor, Xiamoi, Microsoft, ... all have tons of bugs, quality control, design issues, ... Only difference is Google, Apple and Samsung get more attention since those companies have the most haters/fanboys

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