08 January 2021
This month’s Android security update is out and it brings a lot of improvements to the Pixel 4a phone. As per the details available on the Pixel Phone Community forums, the latest software upgrade improves auto-brightness response in certain light conditions of the Pixel 4a. Furthermore, it also improves the touch sensitivity on the Pixel 4a when using screen protectors. These were a couple of issues that were reported early and needed a solution.
Apart from this, the October security patch also improved auto-rotation in the Pixel 4a as well as existing Pixel phones. All the Pixel phones also receive the same fixes. These include –
- Fix for some devices stuck during boot
- Fix to prevent inadvertent disablement of call notifications
- Fix for missing auto-rotate icon in certain device orientations
- Fix for undetected overview swipe gesture in the launcher
Additionally, the October security update fixes various vulnerabilities and loopholes that could allow attackers to impact user privacy. The update also fixes issues affecting MediaTek and Qualcomm components. It also addresses vulnerabilities ranging from high to critical.
The October Android security update has already started rolling out for the compatible Pixel phones, but you can manually sideload the new software package on your own. Follow the Full OTA images for the Pixel devices from Google.