Google Pixel 3 December Android Security Update comes with a Fix for the RAM Management Issue

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

Google’s Pixel 3 series of smartphones have been seen to be relatively bug-free when compared to the preceding Pixel 2 series. But that does not mean that the Pixel 3 phones have not had their own share of bugs, with users of the Pixel 3 XL reporting the appearance of an extra display notch sometime in October. One particular issue that bugged users was the aggressive RAM management implemented on the devices. Some users complained that the phone force-closed apps running in the background when multitasking. Considering the fact that the device runs on 4GB RAM, this is indeed tiring.

Now, Google has released the December Security Patch for Android phones, and along with some other issues, this irksome issue of memory management on the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL is fixed in the update.

Improvements in the December Update

According to this month’s Pixel/Nexus Security Bulletin, there are 13 patches in total. Most of these are expected to bring improvements to the Pixel 3 series of phones. Even though there are no specifics of what to expect from the improvements, we do know that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 lineups get the RAM management fix as well as “improved camera capture performance”.

Other improvements on the Pixel 3 phones include adjusted autofocus behavior, improved camera shutter performance, improved contouring on HDR color on certain media apps, improved Android Auto compatibility, improved audio performance for when using Android Auto in certain vehicles, and improved Always-On Display triggering. In addition, there is an improved hotword performance and an improved notification visibility for the devices’ interactions with the Pixel Stand. The Pixel 3 XL also gets an improved USB-C audio accessory detection.

All Pixel phones get an improved unlocking performance when using Bluetooth as well as an adjusted volume behavior when toggling Bluetooth.

The flickering on the Ambient Display on some Pixel 3 phones is most likely fixed with the Always-On Display triggering improvement.

How to get the December Update on your Pixel Device

Google has made factory images and OTA files of the new December update available for the Pixel and Nexus devices. You can get the factory images here and the OTA files here.

Be sure to click on the link for your device to get the correct files so as not to brick your phone.

The flashing instructions are also available on the websites. However, it is always a good idea to have a backup of your device before flashing any update as the update could wipe all your data.

Do let us know how this works for you.


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Vincent Abolarin

Vincent is an Electrical Engineer by profession, and a blogger by interest. He has a special knack for Android phones.

When he is not blogging, he spends his time reading novels, seeing movies, or playing games.

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