In 2016, Google strengthened its commitment towards Android development by saying that it will provide monthly updates to the firmwares. These updates will have important security patches, along with bug fixes.
This would ensure that the users get the smoothest and safest experience possible on Android. Google has remained true to its words and has been releasing monthly security updates. The security patch for the month of February was recently released.
On 6 Feb 2017, the latest security patch (for February) started rolling out to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The update will also roll out to Nexus 6p, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Pixel C Tablet. Other OEMs may also push the security update to their flagship devices soon.
Let’s take a look at the things that have changed, or have been added, in the Nexus/Pixel February Android Nougat update.
Changes in February Android Nougat update
Nexus/Pixel February Android Nougat update is something that should be installed as soon as possible. It brings crucial security patches to the Nexus and Pixel devices. Once the users update their device to Nexus/Pixel February Android Nougat update, they will be on the most secure update of Android.
It has been reported that there are 35 changes in the Nexus/Pixel February Android Nougat update. More information is available on Google’s changelog for the update. Out of these 35, close to 10 have been termed as ‘critical’ – they should be installed as soon as possible.
Apart from the security patches, Nexus/Pixel February Android Nougat update does not bring any other enhancements. There are no new feature or visual enhancements in the update. However, users should understand that security updates are very important and should be installed as soon as they become available.
February Android Nougat update — when will it roll out
Google has posted all the details regarding the Nexus/Pixel February Android Nougat update. Notifications to installs the update should soon hit your Nexus or Pixel device. Furthermore, Google has also uploaded the images which you can flash immediately. You can refer to this guide for help.
Usually, it takes somewhere between 24 and 48 hours for the update to be pushed over the air to the device. If you want, you can also check for any updates manually. Head to Settings, tap on About Phone, and then hit ‘Check for updates’.
Pixel and Nexus Android 7.1.2 Release Date
Users who are part of the beta program and have installed Android 7.1.2 on their devices will not receive the February security patch update. Android 7.1.2 firmware already has the necessary patches bundled with it.
Users who are running Android 7.1.1 and want to install Android 7.1.2 on their devices can check out this guide. The process is pretty straightforward and should not take you much time. However, the update is still in the beta stage, and may not be as stable as Android 7.1.1.
Although there is no confirmed date for Android 7.1.2 release, it will be within the next one or two months.
Android security patches have been quite helpful is sewing up any vulnerabilities that crop up in our beloved OS. Google pushes the monthly security updates for Android as soon as possible, but various OEMs do a lousy job in providing the patch to their devices. This routine will hopefully change in the near future.
Google is testing Android 7.1.2 right now. The next big update, Android 7.1.2 is expected to bring numerous improvements to Android. Expect the release to be a few months from now.