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Google Nexus devices will get their January Android security updates anytime now

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Google Nexus devices will get their January Android security updates anytime now
This past summer, following the two episodes of the Stagefright scandal, Google started delivering monthly Android security updates. The idea is to patch security glitches and vulnerabilities in the Android OS as fast as possible in an attempt to shorten the time period during which devices are vulnerable to a specific exploit or attack, and from the looks of it, the January security update is already on its way to Nexus devices.

Far from being the one-stop answer to modern mobile security issues, Google's monthly Android updates mean that hackers are not able to roam through our personal data with ease. At the very least, that's the story if your device gets these security updates.

Non-Nexus devices eventually get these Android security updates (Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC are actually moderately fast to bring these updates to their high-end devices), but Google's own Nexus line-up has the privilege of getting these security fixes first, since Google is responsible with sending the updates, and not the carriers.

The Google Nexus 5 support page on Sprint's official website, as well as the Nexus 6 support page on Verizon's website say that software version MMB29S will be released today for the corresponding devices. The Nexus 7 support page on Verizon's website lists software version MBB29O. The same security update is probably on its way to the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. At the moment, the factory images have yet to show up on Google's website, but they probably will over the next few days.

The change logs for the new security update do not mention any new features or improvements, as the new software is still based on Android 6.0.1, the most recent version of Android currently available.

source: Sprint | Verizon

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posted on 04 Jan 2016, 12:46

1. Doakie (Posts: 1855; Member since: 06 May 2009)


My wife's unlocked Nexus 6 with the AT&T/Verizon only version of Lollipop still hasn't received it's Marshmallow update. When the hell is that OTA going to show up? I don't dare manually update it, she'll blow a fuse if I nuke her data.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:59 3

7. sgodsell (Posts: 3092; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Nexus 6 received Marshmallow months ago. BTW its a nexus, so you can easily update it yourself. If you are waiting for Verizon/At&t, then you may as well watch paint dry. At the end of the day, its a Nexus which is easy to update. Not to mention the choice of other roms.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 12:47

2. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Someone know why the nexus 6p has such low brightness?

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 13:58 1

3. Chilidog (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)


It doesn't

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 18:03

8. vincelongman (Posts: 3999; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


It's probably because he has adaptive brightness on

Turn it off and use a third party brightness app, e.g Lux

BTW the 6P's panel is the same as the Note 5, but lower bins (i.e. slightly worse efficiency and brightness, but better than the Note 4's)

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:30 1

4. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Because the AMOLED display isn't as bright asIPS LCD.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:52

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10659; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's using an inferior Samsung panel.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:49 4

6. sgodsell (Posts: 3092; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


What a liar. It's a great panel. AMOLED panels are superior to IPS panels.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 19:59

9. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1942; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Still waiting for a stable release of Cyanogen OS 13 for my OnePlus One...just got a security and Cortana OTA update so I presume it includes these security fixes.

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