May security update is live now, fixes charging issue in Google Pixel devices

Google just released the new security update for global Android devices. Android’s May security patch is live now for Android devices. Starting today, the company released the security update with security essentials and some other improvements for supported devices across the globe. Also, they have included a changelog for the update. The update is now available for all Android devices as OTA.

The new update contains many useful improvements, however, the major improvement is the presence of the patches for Google Pixel phone’s charging bug. If you don’t know, the bug was first introduced with Android 8.1 Oreo update. The update was mainly affecting the Pixel XL variants. These updates are included for affected Pixel devices to address functionality issues not related to the security of Pixel devices. In addition to that, Google included multi-touch detection improvements too.

“The OEM Google 18w charger (and OEM cable) is being overloaded by the Pixel 1 XL. The charger is only capable of 9v/2a, but the Pixel 1 XL (at least, mine on 8.1.0 OPM1) is drawing up to 2.8a+. This causes the charger to recognize an overcurrent fault condition, shut down, and reboot” – said, Nathan K in the Pixel User Community

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Security patch levels of 2018-05-05 or later address all issues associated with the 2018-05-05 security patch level and all previous patch levels. To learn how to check a device’s security patch level, read the instructions on the Pixel and Nexus update schedule. Security vulnerabilities that are documented in the Android Security Bulletins are required in order to declare the latest security patch level on Android devices. Additional security vulnerabilities, such as those documented in this bulletin are not required for declaring a security patch level.

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