Android May 2021 update is now available for download, and these are its new features. Here’s everything coming to Android with the May security update…
Android May 2021 update is now available for download
With the first Monday of May has arrived the Android security patch and the update corresponding to the last period, accompanied by the security bulletin that collects the vulnerabilities fixed in recent weeks by Google and its partners.
May 2021 Android update is available for download on Google Pixel devices from the Pixel 3. The 2016 Pixel and Pixel 2 are no longer part of the list of phones compatible with the new system and security updates.
For another month, Samsung has managed to get ahead of Google and over the past few days had already updated some of its models with the May patch, with the Galaxy S21s being the first to do so. However, it should not be forgotten that manufacturers have access to the patch a few days before Google publishes it in its newsletter.
Google updates the Pixel with security improvements
In this case, we are not talking about an update of the Pixel Feature Drop type, since it does not introduce functional changes and new features oriented to the Pixel series phones. The full list of new features is available in the official bulletin of changes.
It is also the last security update before the arrival of the first public beta of Android 12, scheduled for release at Google I/O 2021 which will be held between 18 and 20 May virtually.
Those who do not want to wait for the arrival of the update to their phones can proceed with the manual installation of the OTA file corresponding to the March patch released by Google.
On the other hand, the security bulletin lists all the vulnerabilities that have been fixed with this update, categorized according to the level of threat they posed to the platform. Some of them are specific performance and security improvements aimed at Pixel phones.
The May 2021 Android security patch will be released in the coming hours via OTA gradually, and will gradually reach compatible models. However, it is already possible to download the corresponding update packages for each device, to perform the manual installation either through the OTA file or through the factory image of each phone: