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Google to roll out January's Android security update next week

The January 2017 security update for Android devices could start rolling out on Tuesday, January 3, according to a Verizon Wireless support page.

Published onDecember 27, 2016

Google may be getting ready to release the latest Android security update next week, but slightly later than usual. Support pages on Verizon Wireless for its Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones show that the upcoming patch could go live for those devices on Tuesday, January 3.

IoT security: What you need to know

The support pages show that the build number for the new security patch will be NMF26U. Normally, these kinds of updates begin to roll out on the first Monday of each month, which in January’s case is on January 2. However, due to the officially observed holiday of New Year’s Day, that may explain why the Verizon support pages show the update is being pushed back to Tuesday, January 3.

In any case, this new over-the-air update is likely to be a small one for the Pixel and Pixel XL compared to the updates they received in December, which also included the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat version. The security updates will likely roll out to a larger number of Android smartphones throughout the month of January.

Are you happy with the pace of security update for Android, or should they be launched more often or less often? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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