This week Google released the latest November Android update for Nexus and Pixel phones. Only now it’s Android 9 Pie for the Pixel and Android 8.1 Oreo for Nexus phones. This is the first Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Pie update, and here’s what you need to know.
Many Pixel & Nexus owners will get an updated version of Android this week. Keep in mind that some older devices are no longer supported, or are only getting Android 8.1 Oreo while newer phones receive Android Pie updates and stability enhancements.
Basically, this is an important update that will affect your device and its performance. Especially the new Pixel 3 and 3 XL. In November, we’re seeing a few security enhancements, stability changes, and multiple critical security patches, then a few bug fixes.
- Pixel and Pixel XL (Android 9)
- Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
- Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P (Android Oreo)
- Pixel C Tablet
Pixel November Android Pie Update Details
Right on time, Google confirmed the update on Monday, November 5th, and immediately released the update and released the files for developers. Expect to get an over-the-air update notification within 24-48 hours. I got mine early on November 5th on the original Pixel XL, and my Pixel 3.
Google shared more information on the Android security bulletin, as well as the Pixel/Nexus security page detailing everything for those interested. Plus, we’ll highlight the important parts below. You can get factory images and install it manually too if you’d like.
Unfortunately, we’re not seeing anything major in this update that will fix the slew of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL problems users are dealing with. That said, we’re expecting multiple fixes in the December update, once Google has time to address them.
That said, Google’s main effort is security here, and only occasionally do they patch bugs. We could get a separate update for the Pixel 3 XL specifically.
Before we get into all the changes, we want to suggest you skip manually installing the update. Being such a small software release it’s not worth the risk. Instead, simply wait for Google to send the over-the-air update files to your phone or tablet if you didn’t get it already.
November Android Pie Update Fixes & Patches
Google continues to take monthly updates very seriously, which is good to see. For most of 2018, the company added a slew of bug fixes in with these security updates. Function updates, not just software tweaks. And while we found a bunch of minor security exploit patches, it’s the small bug fixes that are important.
In October Google fixed the fast and wireless charging problems, and the stability in Android Auto. This month, we’re seeing huge changes to Android’s picture-in-picture feature, improved key generation requests, and tons of stability improvements for notifications as a whole.
Download the November Nexus & Pixel Pie Updates
If you’d like to get this newest version of Android for your Nexus or Pixel device now, instead of waiting, you can download or flash it from the links below. Or, read more information about each one of these changes.
- Download Factory Images
- Grab OTA Update Files
- Read the Nexus/Pixel Security Bulletin
- Read the Android October Security Bulletin
When Will I Get the Update?
We’re expecting the update within the next 24-48 hours. Google is usually fast to deliver updates, or you can manually download and install it yourself as we speak with the links above.
Again, we recommend waiting for Google’s OTA update notification to arrive instead of flashing the files yourself. It’s easier, and honestly, you can wait a day. I went to Settings > System > System Update > Check for Updates and got it immediately. This pulls the update from Google’s servers to your phone. The entire process took less than 10 minutes. From downloading to installing and rebooting my Pixel XL and 3 on Android Pie.
Other Details & What’s Next for Nexus/Pixel Owners?
In closing, it looks like Pixel 3 owners will have to wait until the December Android Pie update to fix memory management issues, sound problems, and other complaints. Those with older devices are all good, and simply will see improvements and enhanced security.
Essentially, expect an update on your Nexus or Pixel device in the coming days if you didn’t get it already. And remember, this only applies to Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices. If you have a phone from Samsung, LG, or Motorola, this doesn’t apply to you. They are still waiting for the original Android Pie update and probably won’t see it until 2019.
So what’s next? Well, Google released Android 9 Pie in August, and we’re expecting some sort of maintenance update (or MR release) within the next two months. We’re not sure if it’ll remain Android 9, or go to something like 9.0.1 or 9.1 Pie. Either way, an update should be coming to squash any early bugs from this new software. In the meantime, take a peek at our list of problems/fixes below.
Those experiencing issues on Oreo should check out this post for more help. Or, we have some Pixel Android 9 specific fixes and advice right here. For now, stay tuned for more details and drop us a comment below with any questions or concerns about the November Nexus and Pixel Android Oreo/Pie update.