Google starts rolling out January security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices

Google has patched a total of 38 critical vulnerabilities across multiple components like the Android runtime, media framework, kernel, as well as LG, HTC, MediaTek, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm components.

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    The good thing about owning Google-branded smartphones or running stock Android OS is that the updates come really fast. As such, Google seems to be moving into 2018 with some good news for Pixel and Nexus device owners. Well, the company has now released the January security patch for supported Pixel and Nexus devices.

    Google rolls out January security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices

    Google is rolling out the update for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel C basically with an aim to help users keep their devices secure at all times.

    According to Google's January Security bulletin, there are separate January 1 and January 5 security patches wherein the former fixes 20 vulnerabilities, while the latter patched 18 vulnerabilities. The company has mentioned that the severity of these vulnerabilities range from high to critical. Google has claimed that no reports of customers being affected have been reported.

    Besides, the company has brought fixes for a total of 38 critical vulnerabilities across multiple components like the Android runtime, media framework, kernel, as well as LG, HTC, MediaTek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm components.

    Google has recommended users to update their devices to the January 2018 Android Security Patch as soon as possible. "All supported Google devices will receive an update to the 2018-01-05 patch level. We encourage all customers to accept these updates to their devices," the company has said.

    January 2018 patch now rolling out via the over-the-air update (OTA) system. However, it is also worth mentioning that apart from the security aspect the patch contains two functional updates where one update "adjusts the handling of key upgrades in keystore," while the second improves "stability and performance after installing an OTA."

    Notably, the January security patch is available for Pixel or Nexus devices only as of now and not other Android devices.

    According to Softpedia news, these devices will also be upgraded to the Android 8.1 Oreo software version. Now what this means is that users will get to experience the new features that Android 8.1 bring such as a slightly transparent Quick Settings menu, as well as light and dark themes that turn on automatically based on the home screen wallpaper. And there is more.

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