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January 2021 security update for Google Pixels brings a host of fixes and improvements


With yesterday being the first Monday of the month, Google has released the January 2021 security update for all the eligible Pixel smartphones. Apart from patching certain vulnerabilities, the build for each device also brings fixes and improvements.

Google Pixel 4 XL

The latest security update for Pixels arrives with a total of six fixes and improvements for different models. They are spread across four categories namely Audio, Display/Graphics, Sensors, and Telephony.

Talking about the common fixes first, all the eligible Pixels – Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G, and Pixel 5 get a fix for an issue that causes certain apps to restart intermittently and a fix for an issue that prevents calls on certain MVNO networks. All of these phones also get improvements for auto-rotation response in certain device orientations.


Further, the devices released in 2020 – Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 receive improvements for auto-brightness response in certain lighting conditions. It is worth noting that these handsets have been getting this improvement for a while now with each update.


Lastly, the update brings tuning and improvements for volume level of system sounds on Pixel 5 and fix for an issue causing speaker noise in certain scenarios on Pixel 4a 5G.

That said, the January 2021 update for Pixels is currently being rolled out in batches via OTA worldwide. In case you cannot wait, then either sideload the OTA file or flash the factory image.

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