Just yesterday we expressed our concern about security updates that how Samsung always comes earliest to roll out monthly security updates for its devices. If you remember, Google always sends out its security patches to the Pixel phones on the first Monday of every month. Google is going to launch its next iteration of Pixel phones (Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro) this week. That doesn’t mean it is leaving out its current Pixel owners.
Google’s latest monthly security updates for Pixel phones is landing right on schedule, bringing security patches to the current Pixel lineup. The October Pixel update is here. The second update to Android 13 has begun seeding out today with the a fresh Pixel update and Android security patch for the Pixel 4/4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a handsets.
Google has posted October factory images and OTA 13.0 files for all the aforementioned Pixel phones. We guess this could be the final update and the last month for guaranteed Android version and security updates for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL phones, which launched three years ago in October 2019.
There is mention of specific versions for carrier variants. Google labelled it as the “global” build. Here is the list of the latest build numbers for Pixel phones:
Pixel 4 (XL): TP1A.221005.002
Pixel 4a: TP1A.221005.002
Pixel 4a (5G): TP1A.221005.002
Pixel 5: TP1A.221005.002
Pixel 5a (5G): TP1A.221005.002
Pixel 6: TP1A.221005.002
Pixel 6 Pro: TP1A.221005.002
Pixel 6a: TP1A.221005.003
This updates fixes widget compatibility issues, empty Quick Settings tiles and many more issues. A crash when audio is played from local storage has been addressed. A launcher crash when connecting to VPN has also been fixed. There’s a fix for an issue that made available Wi-Fi networks not visible in the network selection menu. Here’s the changelog of this update, provided by Google:
Fix for issue occasionally causing audible humming or noise artifacts during calls while using wired headsets *
Fix for issue preventing device volume controls in media player notification to work under certain conditions
Fix for issue causing launcher crash when connecting to VPN in certain conditions
Fix for issue causing compatibility issues with certain app widgets in Android 13
Fix for issue causing media player to display default icon for certain media apps
Fix for issue occasionally causing device crash when playing audio from local storage
Fix for issue occasionally causing empty Quick Settings tiles to display in notification shade
Fix for issue occasionally causing Work Profile toggle button to appear truncated in app drawer
Fix for issue occasionally preventing available Wi-Fi networks from displaying in network selection menu in certain apps
The October security update should be rolling out to every supported Pixel phone any second now. I checked for update and I got it on my phone (see the above screenshot). If the OTA update hasn’t reached your handset yet, you try grabbing it manually by heading over to Settings > System > Advanced > Software update > Download and install. Hit up the below links if you don’t want to wait till the OTA update hits your device.
- Pixel 6a: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.003 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6 Pro: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 6: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 5a: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 5: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a 5G: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4a: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4 XL: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA
- Pixel 4: Android 13 — TP1A.221005.002 — Factory Image — OTA