Pixel, Nexus devices and Essential Phone receive September Android security update

Pixel, Nexus devices and Essential Phone receive September Android security update
Now that September is here, it is time for Google to start pushing out the new month's Android security update to Pixel handsets and certain Nexus devices. Besides taking care of 59 vulnerabilities, the update dated September 5th improves the Retail Mode battery charge for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Unless you work at a store that sells smartphones and you're trying to set up a display, don't worry about this. The update also improves Software Version Reporting, and the audio quality over car speakers (using a Bluetooth connection) for all four current Pixel models.

Those with the Essential Phone will be happy to hear that Essential also sent out a software update today that includes the September Android security update, audio fixes and accessibility fixes (check the image at the top of this article). Like the Pixel models, the Essential Phone has already been updated to Android 9.0 Pie.

Once you receive a notification that the update has arrived, there are two things you need to do before starting the process of installing it on your handset. Make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi signal, and have fully charged the battery on your device.

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8 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is amazing. Once again Google shows you why owning their devices is better when it comes to security updates. Then there's Essential who continues to outshine every other Android OEMs by keeping the Essential phone updated with Android updates and security updates. Take note other OEMs. This is how you do updates.

3. yalokiy

Posts: 882; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Easy to do when you have 1 device to support, or when you are Google, the place where the Android updates are born and Google has less than 10 devices to support as well.

6. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

There's a lot more to it than how many devices there are to support. If having only one device makes it easy then the Razer phone should have been mentioned in this article.

8. yalokiy

Posts: 882; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Razer has many other devices to support as well and they are working on Razer phone 2 and other new devices, while essential team has nothing else to do, as they gave up on developing essential phone 2.

2. gdawilson

Posts: 285; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Is this the last month that the Nexus 5x/6P will receive security updates?

5. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They still have a couple of months of guaranteed updates. What happens next is entirely up to Google.

4. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

And the others should eat cake, as usual.

7. antroid

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

What did they mean by "certain Nexus devices"? Part of let's say nexus 6P (for certain markets like US or Europe?) or all nexus 6P/6 devices or maybe this update will be pushed to nexus 5 too

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