July update for the Pixels is here to fix bootloop issue and four other problems

July update for the Pixels is here to fix bootloop issue and four other problems
Last month some Google Pixel 3a owners thought that they had been transported into the future when they received the monthly July update in June. The new OTA update was sent just two weeks after the one for June was disseminated and it included the July 5th security patch. As it turned out, the software was really meant for internal use only (dogfooding in the parlance of tech firms) in an attempt to gather some feedback, and wasn't meant to be distributed to consumers.

Now, nearly two weeks later, Google has started pushing out (via Android Authority) the monthly July update for the Pixel handsets. There is good news since the July 5th security update includes no security patches for the Pixel line. However, there are some functional patches which are sent to fix and exterminate bugs. For example, on models including the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the update improves the detection of the "Ok Google" hotword and music playing in the background. The latter is important because the Pixel lock screen can be set to name the title and artist of songs playing in the background. If the songs can't be detected, the feature doesn't work.

One functional patch included with the July update helps stop the bootloop that some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL units fell into after the installation of the Android Q beta 4 update. Prior to this bug fix, affected users would have to put their phone into recovery mode and reboot the device. Performing a factory reset also fixed affected models. Another patch fixes Japanese language support for emojis on all Pixel handsets, and another improves the Titan-M security chip on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series phones. The chip prevents hackers from turning back the version of Android on your device for evil reasons and blocks hackers from unlocking the bootloader on the aforementioned units.


You can see if the update is ready to be installed on your Pixel by going to Settings > System > Advanced > System update.

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33 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Awesome news. The Pixel 3A XL is the best phone ever and the fact that it's guaranteed to be updated monthly for the next few years is just icing on the cake. Downloading the update as we speak.

2. inFla

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

No other phone has so many bug fixes.

3. Polaris1983

Posts: 28; Member since: May 22, 2019

Android OS has this problem like the PS4 being caught in a powerloop cycle. Its in most OEM android phones as well.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Weren’t you just jumping on my case in the Pixel article about the Android Q beta when I mentioned how many issues Google was having with the Pixel line? And now you post a link to issues with an iOS beta? What, beta issues only count against other OEM’s, and the ones you favor are exempt? Hypocrisy at its finest.

9. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You are trying to justify your behavior in that article and it's not working. You got buried in that article so let it go lol. You can't come back from that verbal beat down.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

You trying to deflect from the fact that you just proved yourself to be a hypocrite isn’t working. You got obliterated in that article you are referencing, and now you’re trying to hide from the fact of your hypocrisy, lol. You can’t come back from me taking on and verbally beating down you and several others on that article, or the fact that you’ve pointed out your hypocrisy here.

17. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You seem to have a stark reconciliation of what happened in that article, but I guess whatever makes you sleep at night. Just know that others aren't going to join in on your obviously false narrative. You were verbally bludgeoned so badly in that topic that you have to constantly come up with your own narrative to hide the guilt and the shame from that verbal beat down. Keep telling yourself that lol.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao it’s you that have a “stark recollection” of what happened on that article. I ran you all off of it, lol. So know that others aren’t joining in on your false narrative. I verbally eviscerated you all so badly in that topic of discussion that you have to change the facts to suit your false narrative to hide your guilt and embarrassment from the verbal slaughter I enacted on you. I’ll keep repeating this fact too, lol.

26. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I figured you would copy what I said hence why I worded it exactly how I did. You're predictable. You didn't run anyone off. You just keep going on and on until you get the final word in because you have nothing else to go for. Continue to fall back on that false narrative while you continue to get buried by me.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao I just took your words and turned them back on you. You’re more predictable than the tides, so pot, meet kettle. I ran you and the rest off because you couldn’t take the verbal beat down I gave you all, and look at this, here you are trying to get the last word in, so you just proved that you have notating else to go for. Do continue to get yourself and your false narratives obliterated by me.

21. Polaris1983

Posts: 28; Member since: May 22, 2019

Fushuia OS? Please! Oak OS has BC apps as Google isn't listening to the consumer base! The OEM makers also might tell Google to go eff itself too if Google s new OS isn't a performance OS on low end sepc mobile devices as people want a cheap phone again that can double as a landline phone soon to cut costs down. 30 dollars for a landline phone isn't bad with it being also for cellular being a phone! Now tablets might be more of a thing as cloud 5G specs become more the norm by say 2024 if ipadOS does well. Desktop computer tablet laptops using 5g that runs all games and productivity apps found on Windows and a landline/cellular phone isn't bad for consumers needing simple and easy up down computing and calls. Will people want that? That I don't particularly know as to me a phone is a phone and a tablet is a laptop lapro soon for cloud computing and desktop s are gaming rigs.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

inFla, I gotta say, with the exception of the iPhone, no other line of smartphone has as many bugs to fix as the Pixel line.

10. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Aka, I'm exaggerating with salt and shade.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you are exaggerating with salt and shade. Glad you admit it.

18. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Back at you, geek.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Back at you, Mxy.

27. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Back at you, doc.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Back at you, flash.

7. Droid1

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

iPhones have bug fixes too. I'm glad Google and Apple realize that their phones have problems that come up.

11. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

True but their fixes sometimes break other things.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

So do Googles lmao.

19. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nah it's definitely Apple.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, it’s definitely Google with it’s Pixel line.

28. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nah, it's definitely Apple like I said before.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, it’s definitely Apple, like I said before.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Wouldn't mind if Google fixed it's bluetooth issues...... (on the P2 XL) :( :( :(

12. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think that's an LG thing and LG are terrible at making a phone that lasts against time.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don’t try and deflect from the fact that it’s a Google issue.

20. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think I remember asking you for your opinion.

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