Google releases October 2016 security update for Nexus devices

Google today released the latest Android security update for Nexus devices. The update is available for all supported devices, including the Nexus 5 and 7 (2013), which were ineligible for Android 7.0 Nougat.

It's not at all clear what's going on with the Nexus 6 or the LTE variant of the Nexus 9, neither of which have a Nougat image available. It's common for Google to hold back updates on cellular-enabled tablets, but not for phones like the Nexus 6. Luckily, the Nexus 6 has today's security update available, but there's no news on the LTE Nexus 9 just yet.

Here are the announcements that are found in Google's release notes:

  • This bulletin has two security patch level strings to provide Android partners with the flexibility to more quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices. See Common questions and answersfor additional information:

    • 2016-10-01: Partial security patch level string. This security patch level string indicates that all issues associated with 2016-10-01 (and all previous security patch level strings) are addressed.

    • 2016-10-05: Complete security patch level string. This security patch level string indicates that all issues associated with 2016-10-01 and 2016-10-05 (and all previous security patch level strings) are addressed.

  • Supported Nexus devices will receive a single OTA update with the October 05, 2016 security patch level.

The build numbers are as follows (via Android Authority): Nexus 6P (NBD90X), Nexus 5X (NBD90W), Pixel C (NRD91D), Nexus 9 (NRD91D), Nexus Player (NRD91D), Nexus 5 (M4B30X), and Nexus 6 (MOB31H). You can download the OTA image here and the factory image here.

Source: Google via Android Authority

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