(Update: Factory images live) January Android security Nexus updates on the way

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 5, 2016

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Update: They are up. The latest Nexus factory images containing the January Android security update are now available to download. Version number MMB29S applies the Nexus 5, 6, and 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE), MMB29O for the Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and LTE), and build MMB29P is the latest version available for the Nexus 5X and 6P. There’s also a new MMB29T update for the Nexus Player.

The update addresses a number of key security issues, 5 that are classed as critical, 2 of high important and 5 moderately severe problems. Although Google again states that it has not received any reports that these issues were actually exploited on consumer handsets before they were patched.

If you don’t fancy installing the update yourself, keep an eye out for an OTA update notification in the near future.


Google seems to be making good on its continued promise of monthly security updates, which is more than can be said for some OEMs. Although the factory images aren’t quite up yet, the first Android security patch of the New Year should be heading our way later today.

According to Sprint’s software support page for the Nexus 5, the latest software version MMB29S is set to be released today, January 4th. Verizon has posted the same update identifier for the Nexus 6, while there’s a slightly different MBB29O version listed for the Nexus 7. Presumably, similar update are on the way for the Nexus 5X and 6P as well.

We are not expecting any major changes with these updates, as they are still based on Android 6.0.1, but they should patch up a hole or two in Android’s security, according to the change logs.

The factory images haven’t popped up for download yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for them and an official word from Google.

  • Marco Bairos

    Cool, I didn’t know there were going to be monthly security updates for my Nexus 6p. I love this phone

    • T.J.

      Every phone has these available. Whether or not OEMs/carriers pass them on is another story.

      • Marco Bairos

        I didn’t know that either. Hopefully Rogers pushes out the security updates for the Nexus 6p

        • eddie

          If it’s bought through Rogers then they probably have final say on whether to propagate the update further, but if you bought your 6P direct from Google then Rogers won’t, and you won’t have to hope “Rogers pushes out the security updates”; it’ll come as an OTA direct from Google.
          Google bought Nexus FTW.

          • Marco Bairos

            I got a security update a few days ago on my Nexus 6P so I guess Rogers is pushing out updates

      • johnadams123

        Non-Nexus devices get these updates a lot slower than the Nexii. Samsung is proof of that. It’s a shame, really.

  • josh smith

    the updates on the nexus devices come straight from Google I believe!!

  • Lonerwithaboner420

    I have the 6P on the Google Fi network and have not received it yet

  • Zach

    I have a nexus 6p and I just got the update! Yah

    • Lonerwithaboner420

      Really? I still haven’t.

  • Walter Paladin

    Actually, this update has what fix? Expect security fix.

  • toomanyrappers

    So, most Android devices will wait months for these updates. Android loves to tout its secure design and sandboxing, but it’s quickly starting to resemble Windows.

    The difference, Windows isn’t fragmented all over the place.

    Android may be based on Linux, but it is starting to look like Windows–only worse for owners of non-Nexus devices.

  • Amogh Padhye

    No OTA notification on my Google Nexus 6….Its running on an Indian network

  • Mac

    US Tmobile user here… OTA just came in