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Google releases May security patch for Nexus and Pixel devices

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Google releases May security patch for Nexus and Pixel devices

The first day of May marks not just the beginning of the month, but also the release of the next security patch for Android devices. Google has just published the factory images and OTA files, which include the May security patch.

The following devices will receive Android 7.1.2 update with the May security patch: Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 get the security update with Android 7.1.1.

According to Google, all supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the May 5, 2017, security patch. However, since the search giant has already published the OTA files and factory images, Pixel and Nexus owners can manually installed the security update.

Along with these images, Google released the Android security bulletin for May, which contains all the information about the changes included in the update. Still, it's worth mentioning that the most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device via email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.

If you don't want to manually flash the update on your Google device, the May security patch should arrive OTA in the next couple of days.

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posted on 01 May 2017, 16:11

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Wow that was fast. I was expecting around the 7th to the 13th. Eat your heart out blackberry because you have a contender for fastest monthly security update push. Not a knock against their good security.

posted on 02 May 2017, 07:28

3. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Why did you expect 7-13?

Google has always been officially releasing security updates on the first Monday of the month (US time)
So depending on the month, it will be either 1-7 (or 2-8 depending on where you live)

posted on 02 May 2017, 11:21

4. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I have gotten it later in the past, although I do mine through my data, not WiFi.

posted on 02 May 2017, 17:47

6. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


They are always officially released on the first Monday US time
With images and OTAs uploaded

Not everyone receives then immediately as they send it out in waves

posted on 03 May 2017, 00:09

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I think what he's saying is he got the update already. Like I out said, many times people don't get them right away. On my 6p I didn't usually get it until the middle of the month. But with this one it cake right through on the first, which is a change. I can't say it will happen that way next month, But they were on the ball this time around.

posted on 02 May 2017, 12:07

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


On my Pixel, I've gotten pretty much when they announced it was out. However on my 6p, I would usually get it around the middle of the month, it's just the way it was. But last light both got the security patch.

Off topic: for some reason a message popped up from PA saying I used a banned word I had never heard of. When i looked it up, the meanings given for the word was a Hindu scholar, a wise man, or a talented musician. Why the word was banned I have no idea, and the worst part it picked it out of a phrase that had absolutely nothing to do with it. The word is like panda, but drop the a and add it to it. If anyone else can figure out what PA is accomplishing, I'd love to hear it.

posted on 01 May 2017, 23:07 1

2. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Downloading as I type.

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