Google’s Pixel series of smartphones are usually first to receive new Android updates, that’s because they’re made by, well… Google – the owner of the mobile operating system. For that reason it’s certainly surprising Samsung has issued its Galaxy Note 10 flagship with the first Android security patch of 2020 before any Pixel handsets. Owners of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ in Germany have reported the arrival of January 2020 security patch. Although neither Samsung nor Google have detailed the fixes introduced by the new update, it should remedy vulnerabilities within the Android operating system that could potentially be exploited.
At the moment the update seems to be limited to Galaxy Note 10 owners in Germany, suggesting Samsung is rolling it out gradually. To see if your device has the update it’s probably worth checking every so often to see if it has landed. This can be done by heading to Settings > Software update.
Surprisingly, the Note 10 isn’t the first handset from Samsung to have been granted the latest and greatest security patch. SamMobile reports the Galaxy A10, A10s, A20, A30, A50, and Galaxy Tab S5e have all received it, too.
So when will Google’s Pixel smartphones receive the first Android security update of 2020? Well, as noted by 9to5Google, the patch could come as early as January 6 if the tech giant follows tradition.
With that said, the Mountain View firm has been hit and miss with Android security patches recently. In particular, some Pixel 4 owners (Express.co.uk’s unit included) completely missed out on the November 2019 security patch that addressed a number of software vulnerabilities that were deemed by Google to be “high” in severity.
The Pixel 4 did receive December’s security patch though, along with all other Pixels bar the original, although it seems to have brought with it an annoying bug that has removed app icons on the home screen of some users.
Blog 9to5Google showed images of the bug in action – in a nutshell the issue rids of app icons seemingly at random but leaves the name at the bottom on show. Tapping the area where the icon used to be opens the app as normal, though.
The outlet said it had experienced the problem on both a Pixel 4 and Pixel 3a. Reports also suggest some Pixel 2 owners are experiencing the problem, too.
Discussing the bug on Reddit, a Pixel 2 XL user wrote: “I just got Pixel 2 XL, did all the updates, and did factory reset. Since Nova is a bit buggy with gestures, I decided to use Google Launcher, but every time I use phone, some icons are missing, also sometimes, folders disappeared.”
A Pixel 3a owner responded: “It’s happened a few times recently on my 3a. They still interact but don’t display. However they pop back if you do something that refreshes the screen.”
The new bug appears to have surfaced for those that are running the Android December 2019 security patch – it’s currently unclear how many devices are affected.
Google fans will be hoping the tech giant remedies this app icon glitch in the January 2020 security patch, although it’s currently unconfirmed if this will be the case. So fingers crossed!