There are reports from some Google Pixel owners that the July Android Security Update, which was released yesterday, is failing to install on their devices. The issue appears to be rather discrete and not broadly impacting all Pixel owners. The issue appears to be only on the 5″ model and only with build NKG47M. That build is for T-Mobile and Project Fi. The Pixel XL and other builds, at least for now, do not appear to be impacted. I was able to install the same build on my Google Pixel XL, which is on Project Fi, without any issues. That update was 70MB in size.
The issue is that the update simply will not install. Users are prompted that the update is available and when they attempt to install it, they are given an error indicating that the update couldn’t be installed. There is an option to try again but this appears to have no impact on the issue as it still will not install.
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Yesterday, through some estimates made from the downloading of the Pixel Launcher from the Play Store, several reports surfaced on the number of Google Pixel phones that have been sold. Based on the listing of the launcher in the Store, it is estimated that 1 million units have been sold since the phone launched in October 2016.
On the surface, given the vast number of Android devices in the market, this seems like a low sales number. And it is frankly. Samsung has sold some 5 million Galaxy S8 units in just a handful of months while other phones like the Huawei P10 have also pushed well past 1 million units.
But who cares? While many will get wrapped around the axle on this low number, it is important to keep in mind Google never intended this device to be for the masses. It is a flagship device with a premium price and I suspect that Google themselves aren’t too flustered over the low numbers. Neither should you.
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Google has once again updated their support matrix for the Nexus and Pixel lineup of devices. Previously the company had outlined dates of when major updates and minor security updates would cease for the devices. There is nothing new here in that regard. What is new is the dates for the end of online and phone support for the devices. The good news, or at least the non-confusing news, is that online & phone support ends when security updates end on the devices.
Take the Nexus 6 for example. There are no guaranteed Android updates to the device since October 2016. No, Android O is not coming to the Nexus 6. Sorry, I loved it too. In October 2017, guaranteed security updates end and that is also when online and phone support ends for the device. Other devices follow this same timing.
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Following the process set for the last Nexus lineup, Google has updated their Android software update page with information on the Google Pixel lineup. Major version support for the devices will end next year, October 2018 while Android security updates will end a year later in October 2019. While Google phrases this as “not guaranteed”, it is pretty much a lock that the devices won’t see updates after these dates.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to Pixel owners. Google has said they will support phones for 3 years after release or 18 months from when the device was last sold in the Google Store, whichever is longer. This is the cadence they setup on such updates with the release of the Nexus 6P and 5X although it had been somewhat implied prior to those devices. As an owner of a Pixel XL, I’d love to see support longer but the reality is, for Google, developing an Android build for a 3+ year old device is expensive with little incentive for them to do it. Remember that they, just like any other manufacture, want you to upgrade at some point.
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After being released on Monday for the unlocked variants, the Android Nougat 7.1.2 update for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon has now been released. The build for the Verizon Pixels is NHG47K, slightly different than the release for the unlocked devices. That build was N2G47E. The update is under 500MB in size but it is a good idea to download via Wi-Fi for speed and data plan savings. Once downloaded, the update will take about 15 minutes to install and your phone will reboot once it is completed.
Th update for the Verizon variants contain the same updates as the unlocked versions of the Pixel and Pixel XL. This includes improvements around Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, backup improvements to restore data from 1st-party apps like Calendar, and the April 2017 Android Security Patch.
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The 2nd and likely the last beta of Android Nougat 7.1.2 has begun rolling out to those enrolled in the Android Beta program. The update brings additional bug fixes and refinements to the first beta which, on the whole, is a bug fix and refinement release for Nougat. While there is no official word on when the general public will see 7.1.2, it is likely not far away. Generally the first beta was solid and this second appears to be smoothing out a few rough edges. It feels complete at this point.
While the focus is on bug fixes and refinements, this beta does bring a few new things to the table. First, for those of you with a Nexus 6P, you finally get the fingerprint scanner swipe action that has been on the Nexus 5X since the first beta. If you remember, the first beta for the 6P was delayed by about three weeks and didn’t come with the ability to swipe down and read notifications. That seems to have been addressed in this second beta.
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Thanks to a leak from Vodafone Australia, it looks like owners of the Nexus 6P and Google Pixel lineup will be seeing the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update starting next Monday, December 5th. For the Nexus 6P, the updated build will be NMF26F and will bring app shortcuts to the phone as well as the December Android Security Update. As readers will remember, the 7.1.1 update has been in beta for a few months now and the second and expected to be final Developer Preview dropped last week. Google has said very early on that the 7.1.1 update would be coming in early December so the December 5th date lines up well with what has been publicly stated from the company.
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