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Download Google Pixel / Nexus December 2018 Security Update Factory Images

Here download full December 2018 update OTA images for Pixel and Nexus devices which can be flashed directly on supported smartphones. As with each new month, there are new security releases added to Android’s source code. Integrating these changes, Google releases new update builds for its own smartphones so users can immediately update and avoid any software-oriented errors or flaws that have been recently addressed. Alongside the expected new security definitions, this month’s update seems to bring a lot more to the table. From the change-log, there are numerous bug fixes and performance improvements present in order to make the Pixel experience that much better. Continue below to download complete factory images for Pixel and Nexus smartphones.

Luckily, this month’s updates still extend to older Nexus 5X and 6P smartphones. As for feature improvements, specifically, there are quite a few changes addressed towards Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL — Google’s latest flagships. Major are: improved memory performance and camera improvements. For installation, you can utilize two main ways. One is going through OTA(Over-the-air) update service built-in within your device. However, if you have a custom ROM, root or TWRP installed, you would need to manually download the complete factory images from ahead and use ADB / Fastboot to flash.

Google Pixel  /  Nexus Security Bulletin – December 2018

List of devices compatible with new December 2018 security patch are: Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.

Prior to making these images available for manual download, Google starts pushing them directly through their update servers to compatible devices. We did see Check for Update functionality, which is built-in to the Android system, being fixed in the previous build so hopefully, it wont be causing any problems this time around. To check for an available update, go to Settings > System > System update > Check for update.

Google Pixel / Nexus November 2018 Factory Images

As discussed, the new December 2018 builds do carry some major changes which you can read about detail with the official change-log:

Functional Changes:

  • Performance
    • Improved memory performance in certain circumstances Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Camera
    • Improved camera capture performance Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel Stand
    • Improved notification visibility when using Pixel Stand Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Android Auto
    • Improved Android Auto compatibility Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Camera
    • Adjusted autofocus behavior Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel Stand
    • Improved hotword performance when using Pixel Stand Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Display
    • Improved Always On Display triggering Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Audio
    • Improved USB-C Audio accessory detection Pixel 3 XL
  • Bluetooth
    • Adjusted volume behavior when toggling Bluetooth Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Android Auto
    • Improved audio performance for when using Android Auto in certain vehicles Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
      Media
    • Improved contouring on HDR color on certain media apps Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Camera
    • Improved camera shutter performance Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Performance
    • Improve unlocking performance when using Bluetooth Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

Download Google Pixel / Nexus December 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:

NOTE: Pixel C, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are the only devices receiving December 2018 security patch bundled with Android 8.1 Oreo whilst others will get it with Android 9.0 Pie.

Download December 2018 Security Update for Pixel 3 XL: Download Factory Image

Download December 2018 Security Update for Pixel 3: Download Factory Image

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

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

Download December 2018 Security Update for Pixel XL: Waiting For Link

Download December 2018 Security Update for Pixel: Waiting For Link

Download December 2018 Security Update for Pixel C: Download Factory Image

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

Download December 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]