The Google Pixel and Pixel XL, which were launched by Google last year continue to be the company’s flagship phones. While plans are to launch the second generation Pixel smartphones in October, the current generation of Pixel phones would continue to lead the markets for two more months till the phones are launched. Google promised priority updates for Pixel users, and the August 2017 Android Security Patch is now on its way for the users of these devices.
The update is out for the Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as a few Nexus devices too. The Nexus devices that get this update are – Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player. In addition to the Pixel smartphones, the Pixel C Tablet too, is getting the August 2017 Android Security Patch update.
This update has already begun rolling out for some users. If you do not get an OTA reminder, you can simply head over to settings > about phone > check for updates. The August 2017 Android Security Patch is 41.8 MB in size. The update is all set to bring various generic updates from Google, as well as some device specific fixes.
Out of the various fixes that comes with this patch, one of the biggest ones is mentioned by Google as “a critical security vulnerability in media framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process”.
Generally, Google Pixel and Nexus devices are among the first to get these updates. However, this time, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, as well as some Nokia smartphones got the August 2017 Android Security Patch before Google! Interestingly, there are just a few more months left till the support for regular updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices comes to an end as these devices meet their end-of-support deadline in November 2017. Stay tuned with us for more updates.