[Updated] Android Q security release notes go live; Samsung Pay (v1.9) is reportedly compatible with Q beta
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Google released the stable version of Android 8.0 Oreo on August 21, 2017. After this release date was reduced by two weeks when Android Pie arrived on August 6 the following year, it looked as if the stable version of Android Q would arrive even much earlier.
As I write this, the search giant hasn’t released the stable version of Q. It’s nearly three weeks since Google pushed the final Android Q beta 6 to the Pixels, which is about time the stable version started rolling right?
Well, the wait for the stable update is still on, but it seems not for so long. In an unusual move, Google has published release notes for Android Q security update dated September 2019 detailing the vulnerabilities that have already been addressed in the upcoming OS.
Google publishes release notes for new Android security updates on the first Monday of every month, which makes it unusual that we have release notes for September security patches based on Q at this point in time.
This Android Security Release Notes contains details of security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices which are addressed as part of Android Q.
By default, Google says Android Q AOSP comes with September 2019 security patch, which is agreeable given that Android Q beta 6 has August 2019 security patch. If anything, the only thing that makes sense here is Q stable should begin rolling out in September, if not earlier.
As you wait for the stable Q update to arrive, there is some good news for those using Samsung Pay. A while ago, some users of the service on Android Q beta said the app wasn’t working and instead warned the user that “unauthorized changes” had been made to their device.
You are probably a little surprised at how Samsung Pay ended up on Q beta yet no Samsung device has the OS installed. Well, the user has the service on a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch that is connected to a Google Pixel 2 running Android Q beta.
Now, according to the latest reports, it appears that the issue has been fixed. Users of Samsung Pay are now reporting that it works with Q beta following an update to version 1.9.1206.
The latest Samsung Pay (watch) v1.9.1206 (installed by clicking on a link on Galaxy Wearable app) is working on my Pixel 2 XL (bootloader locked) on Android Q Beta 6. Loving it! I’ve been waiting for this for so long!!!
It’s great to see that Samsung Pay is now working fine with Android Q beta 6, the final version before the stable release. If anything, this should also translate to a similar flawless experience with the stable Q version.
Google also recently started fixing issues related to Android Q navigation gestures in third party launchers and we expect these bug-fixing escapades to continue even after the stable version arrives in the coming days.
Once Google releases the stable version, we expect the likes of Essential, OnePlus, Huawei, Sony, and HMD Global (Nokia) to follow suit in the days and weeks to follow. We will update you when your device starts receiving the update to Q stable.
Update 1 (August 22)
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