Google launches July Android security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices

Google launches July Android security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices
Following the company’s usual schedule, Google has confirmed that the July 2018 Android security patch is rolling out starting today to various Pixel and Nexus smartphones, with the patch itself bringing a total of eight fixes for “critical” vulnerabilities, one of which is associated with the ability to allow remote code execution that is found in WLAN components.

In addition to these major updates, Google has also patched up 24 extra vulnerabilities that were listed as a “high” security threat, covering bugs that allow some software to access private information, be it intentionally or not, without the need for input from the user. Also, 26 fixes were made to “moderate” security flaws.

In regards to which specific smartphones will gain access to the new update, both the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as the Pixel 2 series and the Pixel C tablet are eligible for the patch, while the Nexus 6P from Huawei and LG’s Nexus 5X will also receive the software. Presently, those interested in the update can download the files directly from the official website, although it’s worth pointing out that T-Mobile users with either the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL are required to download separate files due to the fact that the two smartphones on the network will also receive a fix for unstable Wi-Fi connections with a number of routers. Alternatively, in order to avoid the hassle of a manual installation, users can simply wait for the OTA rollout which should happen over the course of the next few weeks.

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