Tag Archive: Patches


Android Patches, Google Lens, and Gaming Phones (Episode 10)

Welcome to In Brief, our periodic podcast which aims to provide you with all of the important things happening in the world of Android.

In this episode, we discuss a brand new gaming phone, some changes coming for everyone to Google’s favorite email service, Google Lens, and a security update.

Topics

Google Security Patch for June Google Lens released as a standalone app All Gmail users to get new look inside of a month ASUS launches ROG Phone

It’s our  [Read More…]

Google’s now forcing OEMs to update devices with ‘regular’ security patches

Good move, Google.

Google I/O is always home to a lot of announcements, and while the biggest ones usually come from the opening keynote, there are little nuggets to be found throughout the smaller breakout sessions over the week.

As spotted by 9to5Google, there was one particularly interesting statement that came out of Google’s “What’s new in Android security” talk.

During it, David Kleidermacher, Android’s head of security, said the following:

We’ve also worked on building security  [Read More…]

Google plans to make slow security patches a thing of the past

According to a new report Google will soon require Android device manufacturers to roll out regular security updates, to minimize security risks.

The post Google plans to make slow security patches a thing of the past appeared first on AndroidGuys.

How important are Android security patches?

You can never be too secure.

Once a month, Google updates the Android Security Bulletin and releases a new security patch for Pixel and Nexus phones. Other OEMs like Sony and Essential have been getting better at pushing these updates just as fast as Google does, but the likes of Samsung, LG, and others often keep users waiting and waiting for the latest patch.

These security-focused updates help to ensure your phone is as safe as can  [Read More…]

Numerous Android OEMs discovered to be lying about security patches

Samsung, LG, and Motorola are among those at fault.

Once a month, Google updates the Android Security Bulletin and releases new monthly patches to fix vulnerabilities and bugs as soon as they pop up. It’s no secret that many OEMs are slow to update their hardware with said patches, but it’s now been discovered that some of them claim to have updated their phones when, in fact, nothing’s changed at all.

This revelation was made by Karsten  [Read More…]

March security patches now available for Pixels and Nexus phones; expect your OTA soon

Security updates and fixes for “functionality issues” are cleared for landing and inbound.

Factory images with the March 2018 patch for the Pixel and Pixel 2 family, the Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X are available at the Google Developer site and can be manually installed today, and OTA updates are expected to begin shortly.

These are part of the March Security Bulletin and besides patches for the critical vulnerabilities found in Android and hardware partner’s code, some  [Read More…]

Essential Phone now receiving February 2018 security patches

Google is committed to releasing security patches for Android on a monthly basis, and some smartphone manufacturers are doing their best to make sure their devices stay as up-to-date as possible.

Essential is one such company, and it has just announced that it is now rolling out the February 2018 security patches for the Essential Phone. Essential confirmed that the software update is version NMK24B and that the new software is rolling out beginning today. It’s an over-the-air update, though, so  [Read More…]

Razer Phone gets Netflix HDR, camera fixes, and Meltdown, Spectre patches

New improvements for the camera and Netflix HDR give the Razer Phone its edge.

Razer is pushing out a new firmware and patch update for its gaming-focused Razer Phone.

Coming in at 249MB, the update brings Netflix HDR and Dolby 5.1 audio playback through a new customized Netflix application for the Razer Phone (which is now baked into the ROM).

Announced at CES 2018 Razer is currently the only phone in the world that supports Netflix HDR,  [Read More…]

New ZTE Axon 7 update brings security patches, performance improvements

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the ZTE Axon 7, but that’s changing today, and it’s good news for folks that are rocking that device.

ZTE has announced a new software update for the Axon 7. The update bumps the Axon 7 to build B35 and brings with it the December 2017 Android security patches, fixes for the Blueborne and KRACK vulnerabilities, and some other improvements and fixes.

Here’s what ZTE says is included with this Axon 7 update:

  [Read More…]

Essential Phone gets January security patches, fixes for Spectre and Meltdown

Days after Google released the January 2018 Android security patches to Pixel and Nexus phones, the Essential Phone has started receiving them, too.

Essential says that it’s now pushing update NMJ88C to the Essential Phone. The update includes the January 2018 security patches as well as fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

We’re rolling out a software update (build NMJ88C) with the January security patches and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

— Essential  [Read More…]