Nexus and Pixel OTA Updates and Security Patch from Google
The one thing Pixel and Nexus users are highly expecting each month is Google’s monthly security patch. Great news, Google didn’t waste any time this year and already posted January’s OTA updates and system image files which are accompanied by the new security patch. The updates are going to be rolled out by Google to Pixel and Nexus devices in the upcoming days but Android power users can opt to download them right now from Google’s developer website and manually update their devices.
While both Pixel and Pixel XL are going to receive the OTA update, not all Nexus devices are eligible for the update, at least not for now. The following Nexus devices will receive the OTA: Nexus Player (NMF26R), Nexus 5X (N4F26I), Nexus C (N4F26I), Nexus 6P (N4F26J or N4F26I) and Nexus 9 (N4F26M). Worth mentioning is that the OTA updates will only be sent to devices that are already on past Nougat builds, but the full system image can be manually flashed as well. Regarding manually flashing an operating system, Nexus users should know that their devices need to be rooted with TWRP recovery first and that also the flashing process can get quite tricky at times and they should look for a detailed guide first.
In terms of security, Google knows that user security should be everyone’s top priority these days and because of that Google launches a new security patch every month. January’s security bulletin contains two levels, January 1st and January 5th. There aren’t that many details surrounding the security breaches it fixes, all we know is that it fixes some bugs which are related to Qualcomm’s processor and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit.