Google’s monthly Nexus security updates appear to be incoming
Just over a month ago, Google announced a big change to how it distributed updates for its Nexus series of devices. In light of some recent high-profile security vulnerabilities affecting huge swaths of the Android landscape, Google decided that it really had to step up its game when it came to patching holes, and going forward, the company would be issuing new security updates to its Nexus models on a monthly basis. We saw the distribution of a wave of these updates at the time of the news, and now nearly right on cue one month later, it looks like the second batch is on its way as promised.
There’s still no sign of the new software at Google’s own Nexus factory image repository, nor have we heard about anyone spotting OTA updates incoming (though that could start any moment now), and instead it’s a carrier giving us the heads-up. Over on T-Mobile’s support pages for Nexus devices, the carrier has advised its users to be on the lookout for updates hitting the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 9, beginning today.
Build numbers will vary based on device (most will be LMY48M), but they’re all more recent than we’ve previously seen, and still keep everything on Android 5.1.1. Release notes accompanying these announcements describe the updates as containing minor bug fixes and security updates – pretty much exactly what we were told to expect.