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Pixel 4 face unlock is broken for some, may be caused by recent patches

For some, the snazzy new face unlock system on Google's latest Pixel 4 is a whole lot less convenient than it should be. Reports over the last couple of months indicate that the face unlock process is simply failing for a handful of Pixel 4 and 4 XLs, even after re-enrolling their faces or resetting the phone. Thankfully, the issue doesn't sound too widespread.

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Google’s adjusted 90-day Project Zero policy gives developers more time to deploy patches

Google announced Project Zero back in 2014 in a quest to make the internet more secure by researching software exploits and informing affected developers about them. The company soon adopted a 90-days public disclosure deadline in order to speed up the patching process. In 2020, this policy will change just a little bit. Previously, vulnerabilities were published as soon as developers fixed them, but now, Google will always wait the full 90 days until it reports to the public. That's meant to ensure that patches have rolled out to more users before potential bad actors know about the exploits, thus leaving fewer people vulnerable.

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Security updates on the OnePlus 6 and 6T are an utter mess right now

OnePlus often prides itself on the solid software support it extends to its relatively small smartphone lineup, and rightly so. Handsets as old as the OnePlus 5 (the one with a 16:9 display, remember?) are confirmed to get Android 10, while this year’s 7 series was updated months ago. Even the OnePlus 7T came out running Android 10 in the same month Pixels got their stable builds. Two phones that couldn’t be a part of this flattering tale are last year’s OnePlus 6 and 6T that have been stuck on Android Pie while OnePlus is struggling to put their Android 10 packages together.

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December Pixel updates land: 2016 Pixels get last patches, Pixel 4 conspicuously absent (Update: Image and OTA downloads)

December's monthly security patches are here for Google's Pixel phones — or, at least, most of them. While the 2016 Pixels are getting what Google previously claimed would be their very last update after the two phones missed November's patches, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are curiously late to the party, with no images posted just yet. Most confusingly, though, Google is apparently breaking out its Pixel-specific functional patch notes this month, which often describe useful or noteworthy feature changes and tweaks.

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Google Pixels and Essential Phone pick up first Android 10 monthly patches

In keeping with tradition, monthly security patches for Android are being released for Pixel phones starting today, with one twist: this is the first time we've gotten a monthly update since Android 10 landed. (The "C3" presumably bugfix release last month doesn't count.) That means a whole pile of functional patches is also included, fixing everything from sensor calibration to potential bootloops, memory drains, and missing notifications.

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Downloads posted for OnePlus 6 & 6T updates delivering DC dimming and Fnatic mode

Last Friday, OnePlus pushed out an update for the 6 and 6T, bringing, among other things, the DC dimming feature from the OnePlus 7 Pro and previous Open Beta updates to the mainstream. OTAs rolled out over the weekend (sorry we missed it, I was on vacation) but in case you didn't get it or would prefer to manually flash, the company has posted downloads for the pair of updates today.

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OnePlus 7 Pro update beats Pixels to the punch with August Android security patches

The frantic pace of updates for OnePlus' latest flagship continues. Following the previous hotfix which landed just a couple weeks back, the OnePlus 7 Pro is already getting another bump. OxygenOs 9.5.11 delivers a handful of tweaks to adaptive brightness and screen sensitivity/accidental touches, plus the latest security patches — and we mean the very latest. The phone just got August security patches in July.

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OnePlus 7 gets June security patches and further camera improvements in OxygenOS 9.5.6 update

The OnePlus 7 series is off to a great start when it comes to updates. The 7 Pro has seen quite a few land back to back to back, but the non-Pro OnePlus 7 isn't left out in the cold. A new update to OxygenOS 9.5.6 is now rolling out to the OnePlus , delivering owners the June 2019 security patch, automatic brightness improvements, further camera tweaks, and other fixes and optimizations.

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Essential continues to roll out monthly Android patches right on time

By all accounts, Essential doesn't have a whole lot going on right now. It launched one phone about 18 months ago and has been cutting staff ever since. If Essential is working on another phone, it hasn't seen fit to talk about that. So, what is there to do other than keep the Essential Phone updated? Another month, another instant update for Essential Phone owners.

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May 2019 updates for Pixel phones are now available for download

It's that time again—Google has dropped the latest Android Pie builds for your Pixel devices. You can get the OTA the old-fashioned way on your phone, but the files are available for direct, immediate download right now.

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