January security patch rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices


Google has released the January security patch for supported Nexus and Pixel devices. A previous report suggested the search giant could start the rollout of the security update in early January, and today we've got confirmation directly from Google.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat factory images containing the January security patch are now available for download via Google's developers website. The following devices are now eligible for the January security update: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi).

The January security bulletin that was published at the same time as the factory images offers details of all security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices.

Of all the issues patched by this update, the most severe is a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on any affected device via multiple methods, including email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.

Google also notes that it did not receive any reports of any Android user having been affected by any of these newly reported issues that have been patched in the January security update.

The January security update is rolled OTA (over-the-air), but you can flash the factory images if you don't want to wait for it.

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Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)
Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Sucks that my pixel won't update without a Verizon sim

2. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Why not? Can you elaborate on what you mean?

5. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I have a Verizon pixel, but I use it on att and in order to prompt the updates I have to use my mother in laws SIM card to update the phone

9. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Oh I see what you mean. I bought mine from Google Directly to avoid any carrier restrictions for that reason.

3. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Pixel really sucks, its the most expensive phone I've ever bought and from Day 1 I'm having issues with it, first day Camera was not starting (which fixed later on) and then It have problem with LTE and I only get HSPA+ .. I played with some code and I got LTE but now I can't get 2G network.. so have to live with 3G, 4G.. I don't care for 2G but areas where there is no 3G or weak it sucks battery pretty bad.. Best part about this phone is I just got the update and its running smooth but yes in my experience of 3 days It hanged on me and I had to restart it.

4. Ggg7632

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 03, 2016

I was really hoping that my money will be spent for a good phone but the problems with the phone are too annoying. Bluetooth is he'll. Camera has a hallow. Once every 2 weeks the phone freezes, the unlimited photos is not working for big files, the phone can't connect to battery bank... And on and on.... I miss my money

6. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Glad I picked the Nexus 5X, no problems at all. For those complaining, I know you want the latest, but wait a couple months for the reviews and then make your decision based on that. Be a smart costumer :)

7. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

My Project Fi Pixel XL is my 6th Android flagship in as many years, and it is by far the smoothest, most stable, most reliable, and most secure so far. I love it. By the way several owners including myself are finding that the"check for update" is actually finding the January update. This is the first time this has worked for me. As I said earlier, I'm on Project Fi, and I received NMF26U over the air.

8. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

My Project Fi Pixel XL is my 6th Android flagship in as many years, and it is by far the smoothest, most stable, most reliable, and most secure so far. I love it. By the way several owners including myself are finding that the"check for update" is actually finding the January update. This is the first time this has worked for me. As I said earlier, I'm on Project Fi, and I received NMF26U over the air.

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