Google releases February security and functional patches for supported Pixel phones

Google releases February security and functional patches for supported Pixel phones
Google pushed out today the monthly Android update for its Pixel handsets which includes only a pair of functional patches that Google calls notable fixes. The first fix deals with an issue that prevented certain sensors from working on startup. All of the Pixel models still supported by Google will receive this patch including the Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5. The last two Pixel releases, the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5, will receive the second functional patch which tunes and improves the touch experience on these models.

Along with the functional patches, compatible Pixel handsets will receive the February Android security patch. Next month, alongside the March update, supported Pixel models will receive the latest feature drop which usually adds some cool new capabilities to the 2018 and newer models. The previous feature drop in December added the "Hold for Me" feature, native on the 2020 models, to the 2018 and 2019 units. With this feature, Google Assistant monitors your call once you've been put on hold; when a live person returns to the call, the Assistant will notify you and can re-establish your connection.


December's feature drop also added Extreme Battery Saver which, when enabled, "only runs the essentials on your phone so that your battery lasts as long as possible." According to Google, "Adaptive Charging helps preserve battery health over time by dynamically controlling how quickly a Pixel device charges." And the update also allows Pixel users to share their screen during Duo group calls. Who knows what great new features we will see for the Pixel line next month.

To get the latest updates, from your Pixel go to Settings > System > Advanced > System update.

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9.0

User Score:

8.3
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
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9.0

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8.0
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9.0

User Score:

8.7
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 6GB RAM
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9.0

User Score:

8.8
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9.1

User Score:

9.0
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  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
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Pixel 4a 5G
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Pixel 5

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