Google Pixel series & Essential Phone get February 2020 update, Camera, Assistant, and NFC fixes included
It is February 2020 and several devices are already receiving the February 2020 patch update. Interestingly, the first batch came from Samsung, and Google’s own devices as well as Essential Phone have failed to secure the pole position.
In Google’s camp, the Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL and the Pixel 2 family are all getting this new patch. This update brings various fixes to various devices in the Google family of phones.
Other than the bump in the security patch level, these updates bring a few improvements to these Google devices. These fixes include some for an NFC bug, Assistant crushing, and camera enhancements among many others.
These changes coming to these Google devices can be summed up in the following table.
The February 2020 patch brings the following build numbers to the various Google devices as follows.
This update should be hitting your Pixel devices really soon. To check for the update, head into Settings>System>Advanced>System update. However, if you are not the patient type or you prefer to update manually, you will find each image or OTA file at this link.
With an obvious pattern, Essential Phone (PH-1) is also getting updated to the February 2020 security patch. The phone was unveiled back in August 2017, from a little known company founded by Andy Rubin.
Little is known about the changes coming in this February patch for the Essential Phone. However, if previous updates are anything to go by, this could only be a monthly security patch update. This one should be available for Telus and unlocked units.
Essential Phone users are advised to check for the update by going to Settings>System>Advanced>System update. However, it is also possible to manually install this update.
The download links and instructions on how to safely install this update on your device can be found here.
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