Until now, only Pixel owners in Canada have reported that they’ve received the mid-month update to build NPF26J, a few weeks after Google has released the Pixel November security update.
Pixel owners from Canada who are connected to TELUS, Bell and Public Mobile have reported on Reddit that they’re received the update to build NPF26J, which has a total size of 261MB. There are some small changes, such as the ability to raise the device to wake it and view notifications (firstly seen in the Nexus 6P), double-tap to see alerts, and according to speculations, this update brings fixes for an issue seen on the Pixels while using them on LTE Band 4.
Usually, the second letter of a new Android build “tells” which code branch it’s from, so R stands for release, M = maintenance release and P = preview, but the latest update carries build number NPF26J and Android nerds have two theories: either Google has changed the way the build numbers are codified, or this is simple accident and the “P” as the second letter doesn’t mean anything.
Reddit user someguy172 who owns a Pixel XL and got its hands on the OTA image has showed how he went from build NDE63V to the new NPF26J. On the other hand, TELUS has previously specified on its software update page that the “Security Update + Bug Fixes” update will start rolling out on November 22, so the carrier has kept its word and it released the update to the new Pixel phones. Unfortunately, it’s not clear when the carriers in the US will make things official and users are not able to grab the factory and OTA images yet.
Both new Pixels have been built by HTC and they came preinstalled with Android 7.1 Nougat. Their internal specs are identical, so they use the same Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset that supports a quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) processor backed by 4GB of RAM, they are available in two variants of internal memories of 32GB and 128GB which can’t be expanded, and their cameras support resolutions of 12.3MP (primary) and 8MP (secondary). However, the Google Pixel is smaller and has a 5-inch Full HD resolution and a 2770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL is a phablet with a 5.5-inch QHD screen and has a 3450 mAh battery.
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