It is not an everyday event when smartphones are bestowed with a new software update or a security patch. Such updates are planned ahead and are rolled out conventionally. However, when it comes to Google, the company can take another route and roll out a surprise update. In one such incident, Google recently released a new over-the-air (OTA) update to its Pixel 2 smartphones. Users who received the update are now reporting that it comes with a build number OPM2.171019.016. Surprisingly enough, Google has not yet listed the new build on its OTA and factory images download portals.
Several Google Pixel 2 took to Reddit to report about the new OTA update. One of the users on Reddit wrote in a response to the first post revealing the OTA,”I got it too, new build number, OPM2.171019.016. Maybe bug fix, I know we need some of those.” He also posted screenshots for the OTA in the response thread. According to those screenshots, the OTA update does not bring a new security patch.
For now, the changelog for this out-of-cycle OTA update is not available, but thanks to the Pixel 2 users on Redditor, we know that it brings fixes for Google Assistant enabling it to shuffle songs from the music library. On the other hand, one Pixel 2 user has reported or rather complained that the new update is causing battery drain on his smartphone.
Well, there sure is a long list of software bugs on the Pixel 2 lineup that should be addressed by Google. Recently, some reports claimed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are facing issues with third-party mesh routers and the “Now Playing” feature. We can expect the latest OTA update to fix these issues.
It’s worth noting that Google is yet to confirm the new OTA update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. We will be updating this article, once the company shares information on it.
To recall, Google recently released January security patch for the Pixel and Nexus devices. The update fixed 38 issues via two different patches dated 2018-01-01 and 2018-01-05. It also patched the vulnerability relating to the media framework that enabled remote attackers to run arbitrary code.