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Android’s August 2016 security update is headed to Nexus devices

The August 2016 security bulletin has been posted, and you can now get ahold of the latest Factory Images and OTA Files right here.

Published onAugust 1, 2016

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Are you a Nexus owner who is also a fan of not having your identity stolen? Well, good news, because this month’s Android security update is already available for your device. Or, at least… part of it is.

That’s right. This month’s update is looking a lot like last month’s in that it has been split into two parts. The first security patch which  includes broad-level software fixes has been made available today, but a second patch is slated to arrive this Friday. The second patch is expected to have updates related to drivers and Qualcomm components.

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If you wait around through the end of the week, then these updates will arrive on your device in due time. However, if you’d like to get an early jump on them, you can grab the Factory Images right over here, and get a look at the OTA images here. The full details on what exactly this update entails can be found on the Android Security Bulletin.

This month’s security update fixes a variety of vulnerabilities, but it appears that the Android dev team is getting to them before any known exploits pertaining to them have made it into the Android ecosystem. If you’re a non-Nexus user, well, you’ll have to rely on your phone’s manufacturer and carrier to get these security updates rolled out to your device. However, as a recent security expert pointed out, Samsung in particular is doing a good job keeping up with Nexus in this regard. Owners of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices probably won’t have to wait very long.

What are your thoughts regarding the latest monthly security update to the Android operating system? Let us know your take in the comments below!

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