Pixel smartphones receive a new update that fixes a list of vulnerabilities. Google has released security update newsletters for May (2021) that list vulnerabilities in Pixel smartphones as well as other Android phones. While vulnerabilities specific to Pixel smartphones are rated moderate, the more general Android newsletter has rated some of the issues from high to critical. Pixel smartphones include the Pixel 3 and newer models to receive the latest updates. Several flagship Android-powered smartphones from Samsung have already received a security patch for May 2021 for Android.
While May 2021 Android security patch must be released by OEMs according to their schedules, Pixel phones usually receive update notices on the day of release. The updates apply to global versions of compatible Pixel smartphones and most of them have compilation number RQ2A.210505.002, except for Google Pixel 4a,, Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 whose updates bear the compilation number RQ2A.210505.003.
Some of the Samsung Galaxy devices that already received the Android security patch in May 2021 include Samsung Galaxy S20 series with three devices in its range – Galaxy S20,, Galaxy S20 +, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Samsung Galaxy S21 series which includes Samsung Galaxy S21,, Galaxy S21 +, and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones. Both series received improvements to the camera’s performance and Samsung’s fast sharing feature for transferring data between Galaxy devices. Both series also received updates first in Europe, which should soon be released in other regions.