Pixel and Nexus can now Download the Android March 2017 OTA Files
We have great news for Pixel and Nexus smartphone owners that have flashed custom ROMs on their device or who just want to simply bring their device’s operating system back to the original one. Google has now uploaded the official factory images that include the March Android security patch. The OTA files can be found on Google’s developer website and they are free to download.
Google Uploads Pixel and Nexus March 2017 OTA Files
The following devices can install the recently uploaded factory images: Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Pixel C. The only device that’s been left out of this listing is Nexus Player. We don’t know if Google is going to upload the Pixel Player specific factory images, but we will soon find out nonetheless.
These factory images will give Nexus and Pixel smartphone owners the ability to restore their operating system to the device’s original firmware version. This factory images come in quite handy especially for smartphone owners that have used Android Open-Source Project or flashed different custom ROMs on their device.
Android March Security Bulletin
The Android parent puts a high price on security and this is why it launches monthly security patches. Even though Google’s developer team is paying close attention to Android’s security system, some threats and exploits still manage to slip through the cracks. This is where these monthly update come in.
This month’s update comes in two strings and fixes 60 security vulnerabilities. The first one takes care of 21 threats while the second one fixes the other 39. We should mention that downloading the update should be a number one priority for all Android smartphone owners. The device’s overall security level is going to be enhanced. Additionally, this patch fixes one major threat which allows hackers to remotely execute Android powered smartphones via MMS, email and web browsing platforms.
We should mention that Google deserves praise for how fast it decided to make these factory images live. Although taking in consideration the fact that the internet is filled with malware, Google definitely had a reason to rush and provide its customer with a security check.