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We are just two days in April, and the latest Google Pixel and Nexus April 2018 Android update is now live. You can now download and flash the latest April 2018 security update on your phone using the factory image or the OTA zip file. This April 2018 update comes with a huge list of bug fixes and changes. For the past couple of months, Pixel users had been complaining of so many issues and bugs with their Pixel and Pixel 2 phones. This latest update seems to have fixed up most of the problems. Apart from the software based functional updates, April system update also resolves a few high and many moderate level security vulnerabilities. Android partners have already been notified of the issues almost a month back before these issues are highlighted and published by Google. We can expect the new security patch on every Android phone by their respective OEM.

April 2018 OTA update also fixes a number of functional problems with the Nexus 5X, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. All these phones had all or some of the issues and Google has addressed all of them. We have attached a full changelog below for you to see what has changed. You can download the full factory image below for the mentioned devices.

Google Pixel  /  Nexus Security Bulletin – April 2018

You can find the latest Google Pixel and Nexus April 2018 factory image links below for the supported devices: Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.

There are already reports of the OTA update rolling out to devices right now. We tried checking for an update on our Google Pixel 2 XL, but have not received it yet. Apparently, the “Check for update” button was fixed last month, but seems to have been broken again – duh, Google! If you want to check if this update is available for you, go to Settings > System > System update > Check for update.

Google Pixel / Nexus April 2018 Factory Images

Here is a list of all the functional updates (changelog) included in this April 2018 update:

  • Enable Assisted Dialing support – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve anomaly detection metrics – [All]
  • Improve diskstats logging – [All]
  • Improve handover from VoLTE to VoWi-Fi during Emergency calls on certain carriers – [Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve microvideo performance in Google Camera – [Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Reduce delays upon opening specific apps Pixel 2, – [Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve decoding of certain video streams – [Pixel, Pixel XL]
  • Improve fingerprint and keyboard latency in certain situations – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Adjust notifications when entering or exiting Wi-Fi coverage during a video call – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Enable IMS911 on certain networks – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL]
  • Detect Wi-Fi Passport statistics for developers – [All]
  • Improve lock screen performance – [All]
  • Improve start time logging – [All]
  • Improve magnetic sensor performance on Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Reduce battery drain after modem issues – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve modem stability on Pixel and Pixel 2 phones – [Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Adjust Call Forwarding UI – [Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Connectivity Improve multi-calling performance over Wi-Fi – [Pixel, Pixel XL]
  • Improve data connectivity for T-Mobile users in parts of Australia – [Pixel, Pixel XL]
  • Update certification – [Pixel, Pixel XL]
  • Improve Wi-Fi stability on Pixel 2 phones – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve handover to Wi-Fi Calling in low-coverage areas – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve conference call performance over Wifi – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve VoLTE performance for some carriers – [Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Adjust APN updating behavior – [All]
  • Improve settings app icons – [All]
  • Upgrade certificates to ensure continued service. – [Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Add methods to PeerHandle API for developers – [All]
  • Update Verizon Service APK for Pixel phones – [Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Logging Improve Wi-Fi and RPM logging – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Connectivity, Performance Improve connectivity and performance on certain carrier networks – [Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve notification listening apps – [All]
  • Address call forwarding issue. – [All]
  • Improve internet connectivity on Pixel 2 on certain WiFi networks – [Pixel 2]
  • Adjust APN settings – [Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve MMS messaging performance on certain carriers – [Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Adjust battery learned capacity increment and decrement limits – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Change voice domain to CS for certain carriers – [Pixel XL]
  • Adjust timeouts for Phone App – [All]
  • Improve stability for Pixel 2 devices in certain parts of Canada – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve instant Apps performance – [All]
  • Improve indicators for emergency call connectivity – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Optimize search logic to improve battery performance. – [Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve battery logging for – [Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve GPS Time performance on Pixel 2 XL – [Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve audio speaker performance during phone calls – [All]
  • Adjust advanced calling settings for Verizon – [Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Connectivity Change to prioritize certain bands – [Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Connectivity Improve in-call performance for some carriers – [Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve network performance on Simyo carrier – [Nexus 5X]
  • Improve connectivity metrics – [All]
  • Improve experience switching between LTE and Wifi – [Pixel 2 XL]
  • Improve data performance for devices with certain SIM cards – [All]
  • Improve autofill logging – [All]
  • Improve internal troubleshooting tools – [All]
  • Improve network logging

Download Google Pixel / Nexus April 2018 Factory Images

Here are the download links for those who want to flash their phones manually without waiting for the over-the-air update to arrive:

Download April 2018 Security Update for Pixel 2 XL: Download Factory Image

Download April 2018 Security Update for Pixel 2: Download Factory Image

Download April 2018 Security Update for Pixel XL: Download Factory Image

Download April 2018 Security Update for Pixel: Download Factory Image

Download April 2018 Security Update for Nexus Pixel C: Download Factory Image

Download April 2018 Security Update for Nexus 6P: Download Factory Image

Download April 2018 Security Update for Nexus 5X: Download Factory Image

NOTE: If installing these factory images on your Google Pixel or Nexus devices, you also need the latest fastboot tool. You can get it from the Android SDK Platform-Tools package, which you can download here.

[Via Android, Pixel Security Bulletin]

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