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Nexus Player gains Google Assistant functionality with November security patch

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The Nexus Player, Google's first (and only) digital media player (see note) has received support for Google Assistant as part of the November security update. This is the third Android TV device to receive the Assistant, after the nVidia Shield and select Sony Bravia televisions.

Given the quality of the microphone in the bundled controller, you are probably better off using the Android TV Remote app with your existing smartphone, but the feature does work.

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Nexus Player gains Google Assistant functionality with November security patch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android’s monthly security bulletin now details functional updates for Pixels and Nexus phones

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Google has been publishing its security bulletin for the monthly Android patches for a long time, but starting October 2017 (last month), it created a special bulletin for Nexus and Pixel devices. With the newly released November patch, Google has started populating one new section in the bulletin that details "Functional updates."

Google has recently started using the monthly patches not just for security fixes, but also as an opportunity to fix functional bugs on Nexus and Pixel phones and add really urgent features that could not wait until a full system software update.

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Android's monthly security bulletin now details functional updates for Pixels and Nexus phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google posts October system images and OTA files for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but they only have September patches

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Google makes updated Android builds available for its devices every month, and the time has come for October's downloads to go live for Google's new phones. You can grab the system images or OTA files for Nexus and Pixel devices, but not all of them are actually October patches. Google's latest and greatest phones are still only on the September security patch.

The system images can be flashed onto your device even if you're running unofficial software.

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Google posts October system images and OTA files for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but they only have September patches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Get the new Pixel 2 live wallpapers on any Android device [APK Download]

Monday, October 16th, 2017

If anyone saw our hands-on with the Pixel 2 XL at Google's October 4th event, you may have noticed the phones are rocking some intriguing new live wallpapers. They are obviously intended to be Pixel 2 exclusives, but if there's one thing that you can rely on in the Android developer community, it's that someone out there will be on hand mod an interesting new app and get it working on more devices.

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Get the new Pixel 2 live wallpapers on any Android device [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Duo and ViLTE video call integration with Google Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages is rolling out to Google-supported phones

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

If 1950's science fiction has taught me anything, it's that video calling is supposed to be the future. Today Google announced in a blog post that we're one step closer to that vision of reality. Integrated video calling (via Duo or ViLTE) is rolling out to first-generation Pixel, Android One, and Nexus devices, via the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. No schedule yet for ray-gun or jetpack integration. 

If this all sounds familiar, it's because we talked about it just a few days ago when more hints of it started appearing in the dialer and messages apps, following a teardown we did that indicated the feature was coming.

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Duo and ViLTE video call integration with Google Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages is rolling out to Google-supported phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google releases Android’s October security bulletin, OTAs and factory images available for Nexus/Pixel devices

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The month of October has just begun, which means Pumpkin Spice lattes, leaves falling off trees, and marathons of The Nightmare Before Christmas on TV. It also means Google has released another Android security bulletin, just like the company does at the start of every month. As usual, OTA zips and factory images with the fixes are already available for Pixel and Nexus devices.

If you're interested in the full list of security vulnerabilities and bugs fixed with this update, you should check out the security bulletin on Android's website.

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Google releases Android's October security bulletin, OTAs and factory images available for Nexus/Pixel devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google extends security updates for Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Google has followed the same device support pattern for years - two years of major Android OS updates, and three years of security updates. You might get Android updates after that, and you might get further security updates, but it's not guaranteed. Seemingly out of nowhere, Google has extended the security update period for the Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018.

Previously, both devices were slated to receive security updates until September 2018, which would have been about three years after they were released.

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Google extends security updates for Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.0 Oreo finally arrives on Nexus Player

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Nexus Player is getting pretty long in the tooth, as it was released in 2014. It's still supported with software updates though, and was one of the devices to receive Android O Developer Previews earlier this year. However, a nasty bug was discovered close to official release, which caused the Nexus Player to upload a massive amount of data for no apparent reason.

The director of Android TV at Google later confirmed to us that because the problem was discovered so late in development, the fix would arrive with the final Android 8.0 build.

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Android 8.0 Oreo finally arrives on Nexus Player was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nexus and Pixel factory images for September’s security patch are up, minus Nexus Player

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

It's September, and however you might feel about that, one thing is certain: Google's going to release its monthly security updates. While the OTAs were pushed yesterday, downloads for the factory images and OTAs wasn't available until just now. So if you've been chomping at the bit looking for a fix for BlueBorne and haven't seen the update on your device, you can go on ahead and manually pull it down.

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Nexus and Pixel factory images for September's security patch are up, minus Nexus Player was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google releases Android’s September security bulletin, new images and OTAs to follow

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The September 2017 Android security update is here, and the bulletin contains the usual details about vulnerabilities that could be affecting various Android devices. Images and OTAs that include the September patches should protect against any possible issues, but so far they're only available for the Nexus 9 on Android 7.1.1. There are no Android 8.0 Oreo images with September patches for Pixel or Nexus devices live yet, but it shouldn't be too long before they are added.

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Google releases Android's September security bulletin, new images and OTAs to follow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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