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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11 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1748; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

When will my iPhone 6S get the Android July security patch? Anyone know?

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3024; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You'll need to replace your battery first

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

5x is getting older, and still getting patched nice. Would have been that one bit better if they included all Nexus devices, only missing two but they were the first and I'm sure still in use in cases.

4. Venom

Posts: 2679; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is why owning the Pixel phones are the best, consistently fast updates. No one beats Google when it comes to Android updates.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

I hope Google irons out the software/hardware issues that the first two generations of Pixel smartphones are plagued by when they release the Pixel 3, becaue fast and first with the updates means fast and first with the bugs and issues as far as current Pixel devices are concerned. I’ve been wanting to try out a Pixel, but the plethora of bugs and issues are keeping me far away. What good is being first if the update breaks functionality on the phone?

6. Venom

Posts: 2679; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

In my opinion, from actually having experience with various Google phones, I think the overall experience is better because you're getting a stock experience that isn't held back by carrier and OEM bloatware. That goes for any official stock Android phone. I will say that Google does need to step up their QC and make sure that the issues that sometimes are blown out of proportion from people who don't know what they are talking about doesn't happen. Most of the issues that have been happening happened on I'm not going to be mean and say that Google is exempt from my honesty in that they do need to address the real issues, but sometimes things are going to happen and they will happen even with OEMs like Nokia or HTC. Just my thoughts on the matter.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

In my opinion from having actual experience with a multitude of smartphones running different OS’s, no experience is good if you keep experiencing more and more bugs/issues from one update to the next. Please get a better handle on the issues, Google. I’m not going to deflect and spew venom towards other OEM’s to take the spotlight off of the real issues that Google has been facing with their devices. I’m not in denial about that like some people are. Just the facts from my point of view ;)

8. Venom

Posts: 2679; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Sometimes opinionated statements aren't always reliable if they don't have the knowledge or experience to back them up. Luckily for me, I do have experience using Google phones and I think people sometimes blow things out of proportion. It's better to be informed by legitimate facts than ignorant facts, or baseless assumptions trying to masquerade as facts. I understand that sometimes issues do arise, and I sincerely hope Google does address the real issues from that people have who actually have used their devices instead of just baseless assumptions. Just the facts from an unbiased point of view.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

It seems like the ones that always scream “opinion” are always the ones that have a problem with anyone that doesn’t subscribe to theirs. They can be extremely hypocritical when saying that others “opinions aren’t reliable when they don’t have the knowledge to back it up”, but have no problem sharing their fabricated opinions on other articles about things that they have no knowledge of. They even go as far as to say that they own certain devices or have experience with them, when it’s already been proven that they don’t own said devices and have never had any experience with them. They even go as far as to live in denial about and deflect from the real issues that Google branded smartphones have been having. Too many documented issues have arisen concerning Google branded smartphones, but some people will say anything just so that they can go against another person, even when the facts are there for all to see. They even pretend to be unbiased about something that they supposedly favor.

10. Venom

Posts: 2679; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Some people are just as guilty as what they accuse others of. Case in point, a recently posted article. Despite what some people say, I don't have to fabricate anything nor do I have to validate anything to anyone. I don't have anything to prove. I let my experience with multiple devices speak for itself. I have been using smartphones since the Sidekick days of T-Mobile. Unlike some people who deflect and deny anything that their OEM does, I don't make excuses for what Google does with the Pixel phones. I know that fabricated nonsense spoken from one's who lack any experience has about as much weight as a bag of feathers. There's a difference between experiencing something yourself and just riding the wagon of exaggeration. Some people fall into the former as they just do nothing but exaggerate. Of course, you want to talk about issues, here's an issue: https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/8hlkr8/nokia_7_plus_user_review_dissapointment_galore/

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 20999; Member since: May 28, 2014

See all of my comments on this article. They more than explain everything that I’m saying, as opposed to regurgitating the same thing over and over again like you are. And you haven’t used half the smartphones you claim to have used, or you would post proof like I have just to shut me up. You can deflect and live in denial about Google’s Pixel issues all you want, but those issues are well documented for all to see: https://www.reddit.com/r/GooglePixel/comments/6rnq7f/disappointed_with_smaller_google_pixel_2_design/ https://www.reddit.com/r/GalaxyNote8/comments/74bx1t/pixel_2_xl_disappointment/ https://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Pixel-2-owners-complain-about-overheating-and-battery-isasues-after-feb-update_id102555 And please explain to me how a Google let a Pixel 2 out the door with no software on it? https://finance.yahoo.com/news/reddit-user-buys-pixel-2-201500657.html Stop deflecting from the real issues Google has been having with the Pixel line. Stop downplaying these issues and calling them exaggerations when they are not. Your denial is just that considering all of information about he bug ridden software/hardware issues of the Pixel. Your denial proves that you don’t and have never owned a Pixel smartphone.

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