In most cases, Google rolls out the latest Android security patch for Pixel phones on the first Monday of every month. That didn’t happen this morning, and it looks like the August Pixel update has been delayed.
Update 8/2: After Verizon detailed its update pair last night, Google this morning released factory images and started OTAs for both Verizon and Softbank Pixel 6/Pro owners. This update is based on the July security patch.
Pixel 6 Pro: Android 12 –
Pixel 6: Android 12 –
Initial 8/1: Follow “Pixel Update Bulletin – August 2022Announced this morning in normal time, Google will release Pixel update with Android 12 and issue August security patch. We don’t think Pixel this month will get Android 13, which could more likely is set to be released in September.
For Google devices, security patch levels 2022-08-05 and later address all issues in this bulletin and all issues in the August 2022 Android Security Bulletin.
Google lists 40 CVEs on “Core Components” and “Pixels” as resolved at patch level 2022-08-05. The vulnerabilities range from moderate to critical and include components such as the kernel, modem, and camera.
However, this update has apparently been delayed as the OTA image didn’t arrive at 10 a.m. PT. Additional evidence of the delay comes from Verizon, which has released details of a surprise update for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
The US carrier said a new update with the July 2022 security patch level was released today. The build number SQ3A.220705.003.A3 is very similar to Verizon’s last month’s version number, “A1”. Google has yet to release a factory image or an OTA for manual installation, while the carrier doesn’t list updates for any other Pixels.
One possible scenario for this delay could be that Google discovered a last-minute issue that caused the August security patch to pull. However, there was still something important that required an update and so the July backstop appeared.
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