Google Pixel Series November 2021 Security Patch with Notable Fixes
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Pixel Series: November 2021 Security Patch with Hotfix for Android 12

Pixel Series Software Update:

The Pixel Series is getting their first security patch, update after the release of Android 12, along with the newer Pixel 6 Series, this update brings November 2021 Security Patch mainly but also brings a bunch of improvements to the Android 12 UI & System.

From Pixel 3a to Pixel 6 devices are getting the latest update

Every month Google publishes Android Security Bulletin on the very first Monday of every month. Thus it’s no surprise as Google released its November 2021 Security patch on the first day of the month.

Google published the Android Security Bulletin for November 2021 with security updates yet to reach Pixel Phones. This is the very first update to hit Android 12, with Google Pixel 6 series having already received the same as Day-1 OTA.

On most phones, the November patches will land as part of a minor update to their existing Android 10, Android 11, or Android 12-based builds.

Google’s Pixel came about as a brand in 2013 which runs on Android operating system.

Eligible Devices for November 2021 Security patch with their launch dates –

All these Pixel devices have received Android 12 update:

  • Pixel 3/3 XL – October 2018 with Android 9 –>> Will no longer get software support
  • Pixel 3a/3a XL – 15th May 2019 with Android 9
  • Pixel 4/4 XL – 22nd October 2019 with Android 10
  • Pixel 4a – 05th November 2021 with Android 11
  • Pixel 4a/ 4a 5G – 05th November 2021 with Android 11
  • Pixel 5 – 15th August 2021 with Android 11
  • Pixel 5a (5G) – 26th August 2021 with Android 11
  • Pixel 6 – 28th October 2021 With Android 12
  • Pixel 6 Pro – 28th October 2021 with Android 12

Update Details

  • Device with Build Numbers
    • Globally
    • Pixel 3a (XL): SP1A.211105.002
    • Pixel 4 (XL): SP1A.211105.002
    • Pixel 4a: SP1A.211105.002
    • Pixel 4a (5G): SP1A.211105.003
    • Pixel 5: SP1A.211105.003
    • Pixel 5a (5G): SP1A.211105.003
    • Pixel 6: SD1A.210817.036
    • Pixel 6 Pro: SD1A.210817.036
    • VzW & VzW MVNOs
    • Pixel 3a (XL): SP1A.211105.002.A1
    • Pixel 4 (XL): SP1A.211105.002.A1
    • Pixel 4a: SP1A.211105.002.A1
    • Pixel 4a (5G): SP1A.211105.002.A1
    • Pixel 5: SP1A.211105.002.A1
    • Pixel 5a (5G): SP1A.211105.002.A1
    • Pixel 6: SD1A.210817.036.A8
    • Pixel 6 Pro: SD1A.210817.036.A8
    • Telstra, Optus, Vodafone AU
    • Pixel 4 (XL): SP1A.211105.004
    • Pixel 4a: SP1A.211105.004
    • Pixel 4a (5G): SP1A.211105.004
    • Pixel 5: SP1A.211105.004
  • Android: Android 12
  • UI: Stock UI
  • Update type: Security update with Notable Fixes
  • Security Patch: November 2021
  • Update Size: 23.40 MB 
  • Region: Globally
Pixel 4a November 2021 Security Patch with Notable Fixes

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Official Changelog:

  • Audio
    • Fix to prevent issues with notification sounds in certain conditions
  • Bluetooth
    • Improvements for audio quality in certain scenarios
  • Power
    • Improvements for wireless charging behavior in certain orientations
  • Stability
    • Stability improvements for third party apps
  • System UI
    • Fix to prevent issue with the keyboard displaying over other apps in certain conditions
    • Fix for hidden UI elements in certain conditions
    • Improvements for auto-brightness response in certain lighting conditions
    • Fix to improve transition to animation performance in overview screen in certain conditions
    • Fix to improve PIP media playback with certain apps
    • Fix to improve connection stability with certain apps in certain conditions.

In addition to the above, the November update includes several fixes and improvements across many areas including device performance, stability, connectivity, and more.  

How long does Google pixel’s Android take for the update:

Pixel Series starts getting Stable Android 12 OTA Update

Pixel phones receive Android version updates for at least three years from when the device first became available.

Google plans, to extend their update policy from Pixel 6 onwards!!

Pixel phones get security updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store.

**Pixel 6 Series to get up to 5 years of Security Patch

How to update your Pixel Smartphone?

To check for updates in your pixel phone,

  • Open your phone’s Settings app
  • Near the bottom, tap System > Advanced > System update.
  • You’ll see your update status. Follow any steps on the screen.
  • Check for an Update:
    • To check if a security update is available, tap Security update.
    • To check if a Google Play system update is available, tap Google Play system update.

Do check periodically to see an update is available.

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