Listed ahead are direct links to official January 2019 update firmwares for Google Pixel smartphones. To kick start the new year, Google is continuing its commitment of publishing new security builds and here is the first one of 2019. Within this update are new security definitions which are meant to make the overall Operating System that more reliable and secure. Further, these builds often do carry functional changes or feature additions as well. Specifically for this month, there is an improvement in audio quality when recording video on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. To immediately download complete January 2019 firmware for your Pixel smartphone continue right ahead.
Dropped with this iteration are Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones. After enjoying over 2 years of updates, Google has finally decided to no longer support older Nexus series devices. Also, with that, the Nexus name will now become a legacy. Devices which are eligible to run January 2019 Android Pie builds officially include all Pixel devices including Pixel C. As we discussed before, on top of the improved security, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are getting improvements in audio quality during video recording. Downloading the update package manually is quite helpful if you have a custom ROM, root or TWRP installed or your device hasn’t yet gotten the firmware through OTA.
Google Pixel / Nexus Security Bulletin – January 2019
List of devices compatible with new January 2019 security patch are: Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel and Pixel C.
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.
As discussed, the new builds do carry a major improvement for Pixel 3 devices, listed below:
- Improved audio quality when recording videos Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
Download Google Pixel / Nexus January 2019 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 is the only device receiving this month’s security patch bundled with Android 8.1 Oreo whilst others will get it with Android 9.0 Pie.
Download January 2019 Security Update for Pixel 3 XL: Download Factory Image
Download January 2019 Security Update for Pixel 3: Download Factory Image
Download January 2019 Security Update for Pixel 2 XL: Download Factory Image
Download January 2019 Security Update for Pixel 2: Download Factory Image
Download January 2019 Security Update for Pixel XL: Download Factory Image
Download January 2019 Security Update for Pixel: Download Factory Image
Download January 2019 Security Update for Pixel C: 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]