As tradition stands, Pixel and Nexus are both receiving the Android November 2018 security update. The Update brings few improvements such as the addition of Google assistant shortcut to the Pixel launcher (for pixel 2 series) with some bugs being fixed. The update also fixes picture-in-picture performance, notification stability, and a specific set of Pixel-related software fixes as well.
The security patch fixes include few critical and high vulnerability fixes as well. Also, Google fixes the slow wireless charging issue on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 while using third-party charger, with the new November security patch update.
Google has published the OTA files and factory images for the November security patch on its developers’ website. The list of compatible devices for the November Android security update includes;
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel XL
- Pixel C
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
As mentioned, the new update brings in a handful of fixes surrounding notifications, picture-in-picture mode, and Pixel-specific fixes as well. It also fixed the wireless charging issue plaguing Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users.
How to download November Android security update
You can check the availability of the security update on your eligible Nexus or Pixel device by going to Settings > System updates. Alternatively, you can download the OTA Zip files that help you install the update on your device via the unlocked bootloader.
The OTA Zip files can be sideloaded on top of the existing software. However, the devices need to run the latest Android Oreo version to receive the latest security update. It is recommended that you back up your data before beginning the installation process.