Google's monthly Android security updates (for Nexus devices) are fast and hassle-free

Google's monthly Android security updates (for Nexus devices) are fast and hassle-free
Last week, Google announced monthly security updates for select Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. The announcement came not long after the discovery of the Stagefright Android vulnerability, and clearly shows that software security is very important to Google (not that we had any doubts about this).

Google started rolling out the first security-related updates last week. If you own a Nexus device and haven't received any update yet, or if you plan to get a Nexus soon, and you're curious about these updates, we can tell you that they're downloaded and installed quite fast. For example, the update for the Nexus 5 (which was recently pushed over the air to devices in Europe, and changes the Android 5.1.1 build number from LMY48B to LMY48I) weighs in at 10.1 MB, so we downloaded and installed it in just 9 minutes. Of course, the installation time depends on how many apps you have on your Nexus (our model had 108), but it shouldn't take too long anyway. We haven't noticed any performance improvements following the update, but that's not why the update was rolled out anyway.

Google already mentioned that these monthly security-related updates are separate from system updates, so we're expecting them to always be installed hassle-free.


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14 Comments

1. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Google starting to learn from Xiaomi

15. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

say what?

2. tyger11

Posts: 290; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Nexus 5 running on T-Mo. I still haven't seen the update. :(

12. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Android one devices in India got this Stagefright vulnerability fix update last week 8)

14. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Power down, take out sim, put it back in, reboot. This can sometimes kickstart an update in my experience. If it's available of course.

3. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

just received it N5 usa

4. Carlitos

Posts: 663; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

That moment when Samsung actually updates their devices faster than Google

5. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

o_O *mind blown*. I have a Nexus 4 and I'll check to see if they've pushed out an update when I have wi-fi at home. I did get a text from my carrier warning me about the security issue, so I disabled auto-receive mms messages.

6. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Just got the update for my Nexus 4 yesterday. I actually see improvements in battery life and UI snappiness.

7. hafini_27

Posts: 948; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I also got one for my Nexus 7.

8. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Just received it in my nexus 5, Philippines last tuesday night. :)

10. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Not so easy for root users.

11. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

was going to say this, :(. I'm on 5.1 yet.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its still quite easy for the Nexus devices since they provide factory images Just edit the .bat and so it doesn't wipe clean, then flash SuperSU afterwards Also another plus about factory images is that you don't need to wait, Google released the factory images about 2 weeks ago

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