This is what the Google Pixel 2 owners don't want to read at the moment. Search giant Google is seeding a new update to the Pixel 2 users (possibly Pixel 2 XL users too), which weighs just 48MB but it brings January 2018 security patch fixes. Earlier this month, Google posted the January 2018 patch fixes to the Android Security Bulletin, however, the OTA update was never rolled out, at least in India. Several Pixel 2 owners, including me in the country are waiting for the update, which is finally here.
The surprising part, however, is that Google rolled out OTA update in other countries such as the US, UK, etc. And Pixel 2 users in those countries are receiving the second update for the month. After updating their device with the first OTA update earlier this month, they reported a few bugs such as the Google Assistant not allowing to play music stored on the phone, etc. This could be the reason why Google India didn't push the update earlier. The company must have fixed the bug in the latest OTA update though.
With that said, the latest update comes with the OPM1.171019.013 build number, and as stated, it brings January 2018 security patch fixes to the phone. Apart from that, I did not notice any other changes on my Pixel 2 after installing the update though. The Android version is still 8.1.0.
On the sad note, the Pixel 2 users in India are receiving this update after the Nokia 8 and the mid-range Xiaomi Mi A1, which is sort of disappointing. HMD Global recently updated the Nokia 8 with January 2018 fixes, and Xiaomi rolled out the same fixes to its Mi A1 last week itself. And on the bright side, OEMs are pushing software updates faster than Google, which should continue going forward.
Hopefully, Google will be on time in rolling out software updates to the Pixel 2 phones in the future.