Those getting antsy for the latest software can now apply the latest Google software updates manually.
Factory images with the latest November security patch built on Android 7.1 for the both the Pixel and Pixel XL are now available, as are the images with the same security patch with Android 7.0 for the Pixel C and latest Nexuses (6P, 5X, 6, 9, 9 (LTE) and Player). For those who don't need the full factory image and would prefer a simple OTA file, those are available with the same software patches as well.
If you want to learn a bit more about what's included in the latest security patch, Google has a complete breakdown on its developer website. But even if you don't understand the intricacies of the potential vulnerabilities, you can appreciate that the issues have been mitigated in the latest software.
You'll notice for the Pixels that there are actually three versions of the "latest" software available, ending in U, V or X. You'll want to just go straight to using the X version, as that's the absolute latest software with the most up-to-date security patches. The previous U and V versions were a few days older and are simply there for legacy reasons.
OTA updates are already rolling out automatically to Pixel and Nexus owners, but if you just have to have the latest update right away, you can flash the OTA file manually. If you need help with getting that process started, be sure to read our comprehensive guide on manually updating your Pixel or Nexus!
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- Pixel + Pixel XL specs
- Understanding Android 7.1 Nougat
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