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June security patch creates problems for Nokia 7 Plus units running Android P

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

A June security patch has caused serious problems for Nokia 7 Plus users who are running the Android P beta. Some users report that the update has completely corrupted their system, forcing them to restore. Others are repeatedly seeing error messages.

We’re all warned not to install beta software on our primary devices. It’s unfinished and unstable, and bugs are almost a guarantee. Nevertheless, we all do it anyway because we just can’t wait to get our hands on new features.

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June security patch creates problems for Nokia 7 Plus units running Android P was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Your phone’s Android security patches may not be as up to date as you think

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

You consider yourself a responsible smartphone user. You go out of your way to keep your data safe, protecting your handset with a strong passcode, paying close attention to the permissions you grant apps, and making sure that your phone is always running the latest security updates available to it. At least, you think your phone is patched against the most recent security exploits, but is it really? A new report suggests that's likely not the case, claiming that many phones are missing at least one, and sometimes ten or more security patches.

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Your phone's Android security patches may not be as up to date as you think was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung stops security updates for 2016 models of Galaxy A3, J1, and J3; many new devices only get quarterly updates

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Samsung has just made a couple of changes to its Android security updates page, and they're not too pretty. Three devices --- the 2016 versions of the Galaxy A3, J1, and J3 --- have been dropped from security updates altogether, and out of the four new additions, three have been filed under the list for quarterly security updates.

Without further ado, here are the changes:

No longer in any list:

  • Galaxy A3 (2016)
  • Galaxy J1 (2016)
  • Galaxy J3 (2016)

Additions to monthly list:

  • Galaxy A8 (2018)

Additions to quarterly list:

  • Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Galaxy J2 (2018)
  • Galaxy Tab Active2

It's not too difficult to understand why the Galaxy A3 (2016), J1 (2016), and J3 (2016) have been axed; they're all around two years old at this point and they're budget to mid-range devices.

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Samsung stops security updates for 2016 models of Galaxy A3, J1, and J3; many new devices only get quarterly updates was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint Galaxy Note8 gets update with Calling PLUS, October security patches, and more

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Calling PLUS is still relatively new for Sprint devices, with only a handful of devices currently supporting it. But with its latest update, the Sprint Galaxy Note8 has joined the Calling PLUS ranks, following the LG G6 and Galaxy S8/S8+. Also included are October security patches and a couple of other small fixes/upgrades.

The official changelog is rather sparse. It merely says: "Includes the latest Google security patches, adds Calling Plus, and includes RSSI updates." The update prompt on the phone itself, however, goes into a lot more detail, and thanks to XDA user Bachatu, we've got a screenshot.

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Sprint Galaxy Note8 gets update with Calling PLUS, October security patches, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Note Edge too] Verizon updates the 3-year old Galaxy Note 4 with the Blueborne security patch

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Credit where credit is due. Verizon and Samsung are doing a good job of keeping relatively older devices updated with security patches. After upgrading the Galaxy S5 (2014) to the August security patch, they're now releasing an update to the Note 4 (also 2014) with the latest security patches that brings it to software version MMB29M.N910VVRS2CQE1.

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[Update: Note Edge too] Verizon updates the 3-year old Galaxy Note 4 with the Blueborne security patch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon updates the 3-year old Galaxy Note 4 with the Blueborne security patch

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Credit where credit is due. Verizon and Samsung are doing a good job of keeping relatively older devices updated with security patches. After upgrading the Galaxy S5 (2014) to the August security patch, they're now releasing an update to the Note 4 (also 2014) with the latest security patches that brings it to software version MMB29M.N910VVRS2CQE1.

Although Verizon's update page doesn't specifically state they're the September security patches, and we don't have a Note 4 on Verizon to verify, odds are that's what we're talking about.

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Verizon updates the 3-year old Galaxy Note 4 with the Blueborne security patch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung updates Verizon Galaxy S5 (launched in 2014) with August 2017 security patch

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

We like to make fun of Samsung (and most other OEMs) for being slow to roll out new versions of Android. It's true that Google puts everyone else to shame when it comes to big updates, but Samsung has been doing much better when it comes to security updates. Case in point: the Galaxy S5 on Verizon just got a security patch more than three years after it first launched in April of 2014.

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Samsung updates Verizon Galaxy S5 (launched in 2014) with August 2017 security patch 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.

[Update: Only T-Mobile/Project Fi NKG47M builds] July OTA update is failing to install for 5.0″ Pixels, Google is looking into it

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Google began rolling out the July security updates to the Pixel family and newer Nexus devices earlier today, as is traditional for the beginning of every month. However, owners of the Pixel have found themselves unable to install the OTA, with their phones simply telling them "Couldn't update" and "Installation problem." Not to worry, though - Google is already aware of the issue, and is looking into it.

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[Update: Only T-Mobile/Project Fi NKG47M builds] July OTA update is failing to install for 5.0" Pixels, Google is looking into it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nexus and Pixel factory images and OTAs for May 2017 are now available

Monday, May 1st, 2017

It's the first day of May, and Google is wasting no time releasing the May 2017 factory images and OTAs for Nexus and Pixel devices. Just like last month, the security update has reached the Pixel/Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9.

For reference, here is the build information for each device:

  • Pixel/Pixel XL: N2G47O
  • Pixel/Pixel XL (Deutsche Telekom): N2G47T
  • Pixel/Pixel XL (Verizon): NHG47L
  • Pixel C: N2G47O
  • Nexus 6P: N2G47O
  • Nexus 5X: N2G47O
  • Nexus 6: N6F27C
  • Nexus Player: N2G47R
  • Nexus 9: N4F27B

If you're one of the people who updated to the early May 2017 build that Google accidentally published, it seems to have the same build number as the final release.

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Nexus and Pixel factory images and OTAs for May 2017 are now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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