Google’s Pixel 3 phones have been plagued by several bugs since they were announced back in October. With the latest December security patch, however, the company seems to have mended one of the more critical ones. The update, which is now rolling out to everyone, fixes the Pixel 3’s memory management issues that previously made it nearly impossible to multitask between a couple of apps and even occasionally prevented the camera from saving your clicks.
While Google hasn’t officially said that the December patch addresses the memory concerns, various users and even a Google employee has confirmed that it does significantly improves how the Pixel 3 handles RAM. In addition, the changelog also mentions that the update brings “improved camera capture performance” and “improved camera shutter performance”.
Apart from memory management, the update comes with a host of other fixes including “improved always-on display triggering”, “improved Android Auto compatibility”, and more. While there are still miles to go, the patch brings the Pixel 3 phones much closer to being bug-free. Google still needs to work on the camera’s tendency to crash in third-party apps, the inconsistent audio, and a few others.
The December update also comes as a nice surprise for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P owners since November 2018 was the last month Google was officially obligated to deliver security patches. In addition to those two, it’s available for all the generation of Pixel phones and the Pixel C tablets. If you still haven’t received the update, you can head over into settings to check manually or download and sideload the OTA images.