Here’s Everything That April 2018 Security Patch Fixes on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 3 Apr 2018

Pixel 2 XL rear view

Google has released the April security patch for its compatible Pixel and Nexus devices. Apart from fixing some critical vulnerabilities, the April security patch fixes plenty of bugs and issues found in the Pixel 2 and its XL brother.

If you are interested in the vulnerabilities fixed by Google in the April security update, make sure to check the April Security Bulletin. And if you are a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL owner, here’s everything that the April patch fixes or improves.

The improvements include fixing the unreliable swipe up gesture to open the lock screen, improved fingerprint scanner performance and Wi-Fi stability, VoLTE improvements for certain carriers, and more. Google is also claiming a reduction in battery drain which should help improve the overall battery life of the handset. Google does not usually fix so many issues with its security release so the April security release is more like a maintenance release with some important bug fixes.

A-35963245 Performance Enable Assisted Dialing support Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Logging Improve anomaly detection metrics All
A-63908720 Logging Improve diskstats logging All
A-64101451 Performance Improve handover from VoLTE to VoWi-Fi during Emergency calls on certain carriers Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-64586126 Camera Improve microvideo performance in Google Camera Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-64610438 Performance Reduce delays upon opening specific apps Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-65175134 Video Improve decoding of certain video streams Pixel, Pixel XL
A-65347520 Performance Improve fingerprint and keyboard latency in certain situations Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-65490850 UI Adjust notifications when entering or exiting Wi-Fi coverage during a video call Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-65509134 Connectivity Enable IMS911 on certain networks Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL
A-66951771 Logging Detect Wi-Fi Passport statistics for developers All
A-66957450 Performance Improve lock screen performance All
A-67094673 Logging Improve start time logging All
A-67589241 Performance Improve magnetic sensor performance on Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67593274 Battery Reduce battery drain after modem issues Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67634615 Stability Improve modem stability on Pixel and Pixel 2 phones Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67750231 UI Adjust Call Forwarding UI Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-67774904 Connectivity Improve multi-calling performance over Wi-Fi Pixel, Pixel XL
A-67777512 Connectivity Improve data connectivity for T-Mobile users in parts of Australia Pixel, Pixel XL
A-67882977 Certification Update certification Pixel, Pixel XL
Stability Improve Wi-Fi stability on Pixel 2 phones Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68217064 Performance Improve handover to Wi-Fi Calling in low-coverage areas Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68398312 Performance Improve conference call performance over Wifi Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68671462 Connectivity Improve VoLTE performance for some carriers Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68841424 Connectivity Adjust APN updating behavior All
A-68863351 UI Improve settings app icons All
Certification Upgrade certificates to ensure continued service. Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-68931709 Developer Add methods to PeerHandle API for developers All
A-68959671 Connectivity Update Verizon Service APK for Pixel phones Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69003183 Logging Improve Wi-Fi and RPM logging Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Connectivity, Performance Improve connectivity and performance on certain carrier networks Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69064494 Performance Improve notification listening apps All
A-69152057 Connectivity Address call forwarding issue. All
A-69209000 Connectivity Improve internet connectivity on Pixel 2 on certain WiFi networks Pixel 2
Connectivity Adjust APN settings Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Messaging Improve MMS messaging performance on certain carriers Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69275204 Battery Adjust battery learned capacity increment and decrement limits Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-69334266 Connectivity Change voice domain to CS for certain carriers Pixel XL
A-69475609 Performance Adjust timeouts for Phone App All
A-69672417 Stability Improve stability for Pixel 2 devices in certain parts of Canada Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Performance Improve instant Apps performance All
A-69870527 UI Improve indicators for emergency call connectivity Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70045970 Battery Optimize search logic to improve battery performance. Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Battery Improve battery logging for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70214869 GPS Improve GPS Time performance on Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2 XL
A-70338906 Audio Improve audio speaker performance during phone calls All
A-70398372 UI Adjust advanced calling settings for Verizon Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70576351 Connectivity Change to prioritize certain bands Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Connectivity Improve in-call performance for some carriers Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-70815434 Connectivity Improve network performance on Simyo carrier Nexus 5X
A-71708302 Logging Improve connectivity metrics All
A-71983424 Performance Improve experience switching between LTE and Wifi Pixel 2 XL
A-72119809 Connectivity Improve data performance for devices with certain SIM cards All
A-72175011 Logging Improve autofill logging All
Logging Improve internal troubleshooting tools All
A-72871435 Logging Improve network logging All

The OTA and factory images are already live on Google’s website, though you can manually pull the OTA update on your device as well since the ‘Check for updates’ button is no longer broken.

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