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Droid Updates Weekly: 11/6 – 11/10
Google pushes November security patches to its devices
Every month, Google pushes updates over-the-air to its Nexus and Pixel lineups of smartphones and tablets. Since their devices run stock/vanilla Android, they’re among the first the get updated. This monthly update includes only security patches, keeping you prone to future viruses. They’re sent directly from Google, with no need to pass through carriers. The update itself is a small package and makes no changes to the look and feel of your device, nor does it reset your phone. The update is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend downloading and installing it as soon as you can for your own safety. This typically takes a week before it hits all devices. Hit one of the links below for instructions on how to get started.
*Also receiving the update: Verizon Pixel and Pixel 2 models, and Google Project Fi variants.
**Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have some additional changes included in their respective update builds to help combat some of the screen problems early adopters have been experiencing. There’s a new ‘Colors’ section found under ‘Display settings’ that one can adjust to change his or her screen’s color profile to increase or decrease color vibrancy. Also adjusted, though not by choice, is the navigation bar, which now fades in and out to reduce the chances of screen burn-in.
Essential PH-1 is updated with Android’s November security patches, plus a fingerprint bug fix
Essential and various Android manufacturers push monthly updates over-the-air to some smartphones and tablets. This monthly update includes security patches, keeping you prone from viruses. The update itself is a small package and makes no changes to the look or feel of your device, nor does it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend downloading and installing it as soon as you can for your own safety. This typically takes a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’ For further installation instructions and details on what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.
*Also included is a fingerprint bug fix!
SOURCE [Essential on Twitter]
**Friendly reminder: Our recommendation is that you charge your battery first and connect to a nearby Wi-Fi network prior to getting started with any updates!