Whenever a new month starts, Android device owners wait for the latest security patch to hit their devices. As of now, only Samsung has been able to beat the competition in being the first OEM to provide the July security update to its devices.
Fortunately, a new report by 9to5Google brings good news for all the Google Pixel owners as well. According to the report, Google will begin rolling out the July 2021 security update starting next week.
You might find this unusual on Google’s part. But there is an explanation for this. Notably, the US Independence Day fell on Sunday (4th of July) this year. Due to this, the holiday will be observed on Monday.
This is the time when Google usually releases details regarding what is in the month’s security update. Also, it releases the over-the-air update (OTA) for its Pixel units.
However, instead of waiting for the next week to commence and they get their slot on Monday, Google has decided that it will release the information about the security update and release the OTA on Wednesday, i.e. July 7.
Google is known to stick to the same schedule for every month’s security update
You might question Google that even after being the developers of Android and security updates, why OEMs like Samsung are always the first to push the latest security patches before Google?
The idea behind this is Samsung and very few times other brands, release the security update before Google details the information regarding the month’s security update.
Google sticks to the same schedule every month, which is kinda right. Because it has created a muscle memory for users to expect a new update on the same schedule every month.
Now, according to last month’s official Google security bulletin, it says the following regarding the July 2021 security update:
- For July, the Android public security bulletin will be released on July 7, 2021
- For July, the Pixel update bulletin will be released on July 7, 2021
Apart from this, earlier this year, the Android Automotive OS update bulletin was also released. This is for car consoles embedded with Android, and not rely on a smartphone for Android Auto projection.
The first update was released back in January, and the last update for Android Automotive OS was released in April. Although there are a few cars running Android Automotive OS as of now, it is nice to see the OS gaining traction.