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September security update for Pixel and Nexus devices finally starts to roll out

Were you stuck on the August security update when you updated to Oreo? You're not alone. Here's the confusing tale of the September security update.

Published onSeptember 12, 2017

Last week we brought you news of the impending September security update for Nexus and Pixel devices. Interestingly enough, Google released the details of the security update but didn’t upload the images to its developer site. In its notes, Google indicated that the September patch would be incorporated with the Oreo update for Pixel and Nexus devices. But after updating, users have still been stuck on the August security patch.

No one knows exactly what’s going on, but it does seem like the update is now starting to trickle out. Verizon posted support documents regarding its update for the Pixel and Pixel XL that contains the September patch. The build number is listed as OPR3.170623.007 with an Android security patch level of 2017-09-01. Google split the September update in two, with 30 issues fixed in the September 1 patch and another 51 bugs fixed in the September 5 patch. If we take Verizon’s update at face value, it appears to only have half of the September security update.

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To add to the confusion, some users are reporting incorrectly labeled updates. Regardless of being on Android 8.0 Oreo, users are getting notifications for an Android 7.1.2 update. The 50 MB download keeps the user on Android 8.0 but updates them to the September security update. This seems like a minor labeling screw up, but when you add it to all of the miscommunication so far, things get pretty confusing.

Have you received an update yet? Let us know down in the comments if you have and what you think about this messy update.