Google pushes May 2022 Android security update to Pixel phones

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for another security update. Google today published the May 2022 Android security bulletin, and with it, the May 2022 security update for eligible Pixel smartphones. Google’s Pixel lineup isn’t the only devices receiving the update today, however, with Samsung also following in Google’s footsteps by rolling out the new update for its Galaxy S21, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Note 20 series devices. But walking.

May 2022 Android Security Bulletin

In the latest Android security bulletin, Google disclosed several security vulnerabilities affecting the Android runtime, framework, system and media framework. These vulnerabilities have been patched with the 2022-05-01 security patch level. Meanwhile, Google also revealed several vulnerabilities in closed-source vendor components and the Linux kernel. These vulnerabilities are addressed with the 2022-05-05 security patch level. Notably, patches for these vulnerabilities have been in the works for a few weeks or months and are only now being disclosed. If you’re interested in learning more about the monthly Android security update process, check out our explainer linked below.

How Monthly Android Security Patch Updates Work

Pixel Update Bulletin/Functional Updates

Separately, Google revealed the May 2022 security update specific to its Pixel devices. The Pixel Update Bulletin highlights a handful of moderate issues and affects Android kernel components. The company says that it has improved the haptic feedback on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

May 2022 Google Pixel Update Changelog

  • Display / Graphics
    • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the display to wake up without user interaction *[1],
  • sensor
    • Improvements for Haptic Feedback under certain conditions and use cases*[2],
  • user interface
    • Fix issue causing launcher to crash after restarting device in certain situations*[1],


device usability

,[1] Includes Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

,[2] Included in Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

The update is rolling out for Pixel 3a series, Pixel 4 series, Pixel 4a series, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a and Pixel 6 series. SP2A.220505.002 build number.

If you don’t want to wait for the update (or can’t take the update since your phone is rooted), take a look at our Android 12L download article for the latest OTA files and factory images.

Samsung May 2022 Security Update

Last week, we reported that Samsung has started rolling out new updates for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 series with the May 2022 security patch level. Now, the same update is also rolling out to the Exynos-powered Galaxy S21 family of devices in Germany and Italy, in the form of a software version. G99xBXXU5CVDD,

Screenshots Courtesy: XDA Senior Member MMarkkk

Additionally, the US carrier has also received the May 2022 patch update for variants of the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. The build numbers of the new releases are N98xU1UES2FVD6, F711U1TBS2CVD4And F926U1UES1CVD4respectively.

Source: Android Security Bulletin, Pixel Update Bulletin, Google Pixel Support Community

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