Google recently rolled out this month’s Android security update for all of its supported Nexus devices.
This is a feature that came to life with Android 6.0 Marshmallow where Google now pushes monthly updates to take care of vulnerabilities and bugs in the software. However, the updates do not only affect users of Android M, but those using the older Android L also do receive monthly security patches.
The factory images for devices such as Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 5, Nexus 9 (both Wi-Fi and LTE models), Nexus 10, Nexus Player as well as both the LTE and Wi-Fi variant of the Nexus 7 (2013) model. The latest Android security update is coming in at a time when some devices have just received March’s security updates.
In addition, there is still a huge list of Android-powered devices that are yet to receive the latest Android Marshmallow update. With most of them struggling to get the OS on board, it will take time before they start thinking about getting the monthly security updates rolled out by Google.
There are several build versions available for different Nexus devices. For those using the newer Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the new Android 6.0.1 security updates come with build number MHC19Q. On the other hand, those using the slightly older Nexus 6, Nexus 5 as well as the LTE variants of both Nexus 9 and the 2013 Nexus 7 will be getting build number MMB29X. On the side of the Wi-Fi variants of the aforementioned Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9, the build number comes to MOB30D. This is the same build number that users of the Nexus Player will see.
The older Nexus 10, which still uses Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, will be updated to build number LMY49J.
April’s Android security update is available as an OTA release and the images for each of the supported devices can be found on the official Google Developer site. According to Google, the new update comes to take care of a critical vulnerability that could allow the remote execution of codes on a victim’s device through web browsing, email, and MMS, among other methods.
Of course, it will take some time before this month’s Android security update comes to major flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 and so on. This is as a result of tests and tweaks that are to be carried out by OEMs and carriers before the patches are finally released to the public. We could be talking weeks of patience here, which means the update might start hitting some devices mid or later this month.