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The December 2021 Security Patch Is Here With A New Pixel Feature Drop

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Google is now rolling out the December 2021 Android Security Patch to all Pixel devices. And with this update, it fixes almost 100 Android 12 and Pixel 6 issues.

This is the monthly security update that Google sends out to its devices and it shares with its partners. It doesn’t include any new features, just security fixes.

We have actually already seen this patch roll out to some other smartphones from Samsung, ahead of Google actually announcing the patch. Which is something we’ve seen a lot of lately.

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What’s been fixed in this patch?

Google fixed a ton of vulnerabilities in the December 2021 security patch for Pixel and other Android devices.

As per usual, Google has not detailed each vulnerability. This is done on purpose so that those that have not received the update (which right now, is everyone) is not the victim of an attack. Detailing the vulnerabilities is like giving the keys to hackers, to your device. So this is done to protect everyone. But there are a ton of changes made to Qualcomm and MediaTek devices, as well as vulnerabilities in the Android Runtime and more.

You can check out the security bulletin here, to see exactly what Google has fixed with this update to Pixels and Android in general.

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What’s new in the Pixel Feature Drop?

The Pixel Feature Drop brings a lot of new features to the Pixel 6. It brings in Ultra-Wideband on the Pixel 6 Pro after was disabled at launch.

Users also now have the ability to adjust how long they have to hold the power button to bring up the Google Assistant. Google also brings in more bass control for the Pixel Buds A-Series.

The Sound Amplifier app don’t eh Pixels are the first app to get the “Conversation mode” which uses on-device ML to “help anyone who has a hard time hearing in loud environments by tuning out competing noise.”

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For those outside of the US, Google is also expanding its Car Crash Detection, making it available in Taiwan, Italy, and France, joining Spain, Ireland, Japan, UK, Australia, Singapore, and the US. Additionally, Recorder is now available in Japanese, French and German for Pixels 3 and later.

What devices are supported in the December 2021 security patch?

The December 2021 security patch is rolling out to Pixel devices now. And it supports the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL,  Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

The Verizon versions will be rolling out later this week.

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Most smartphones released in the last two to three years will also be supported. You’ll need to wait for your smartphone manufacturer to roll out the update though.

Make sure to update your Pixel device as soon as you get this update, and don’t put it off. Security updates are not great for putting off til later on.