Google Fixes Problems, Brings Pixel 4 Features to Older Pixels

Posted on December 3, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 5 Comments

Google’s December Pixel Security Update fixes several issues on Pixel 4 and brings some Pixel 4 features to older Pixels.

“All supported Pixel devices running Android 10 will receive these software updates as part of the December 2019 OTA [over-the-air update], which begins rolling out to some users today,” Google writes in a support document. “Pixel 4 [and Pixel 4 XL] will start receiving the update next week. We encourage you to check your Android version and update to receive the latest features.”

The Pixel 4 family has been far more reliable than previous Pixel generations, all of which were bedeviled by one to several high-profile issues. But the December 2019 Pixel Security Update does fix some issues and provide other quality improvements.

Key among these changes are a fix for static noise in Spotify, a fix for “background audio static” in third-party camera apps (like Instagram and SnapChat, where users have reported clicking sounds in videos), and support for dark mode in the bootloader display (which has been a bright, stark white to date). The update also provides fixes for less common issues like lost Bluetooth pairing, Garmin device pairing, display flickering, misaligned device orientation, and Google Pay card display in the power menu. The update also improves the haptics intensity in certain cases, Google says.

Outside of Google, users on Reddit are reporting that the December 2019 Pixel Security Update brings some Pixel 4 features—like Live Captions, Customize Pixel, and various gestures—to older Pixel 2, 3, and 3a handsets (though feature availability varies by model). Finally, it’s worth noting that the December 2019 Pixel Security Update is the last system update that Google will provide to original-generation Pixel handsets.

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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Google Fixes Problems, Brings Pixel 4 Features to Older Pixels”

  1. nicholas_kathrein

    Great. The bright boot screen needed to be updated. It's shocking if your rebooting in a dark environment. I also need to reboot to connect back with my fitness bands.

  2. bluesman57

    Anyone know anything more about the dual SIM feature that's supposed to be rolling out according to some reports?

  3. mike2thel73

    @Paul, you mean "last" not "latest in that last sentence?

  4. toph36

    Just wish they would fix the micro-USB issues on my Pixel XL 2. Android Auto continually stops working for me, and it seems to be because of the micro-USB. The November update fixed it and it worked fine for a few weeks, then it stopped working again. I installed the December update yesterday, but not sure if it fixed the issue again. I need to clear the cache for the Android Auto app and set it up again from scratch.