A new month has begun and this means that Google has started rolling out its monthly security patches. The July security patch is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices, and users can now flash a factory image or sideload an OTA by clicking here or here respectively. However, users who aren’t familiar with these methods can simply wait for the patch to be available via an OTA update.
While the patch back in May fixed a “critical security vulnerability” that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods. The July patch is more straightforward with two security patch level strings. According to to the July Security Bulletin, the two patch level strings will provide its Android partners with “flexibility to quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices.”
Interestingly, it should be noted that Nokia may have beaten Google to providing the July security patch to its devices. NokiaPowerUser reports that the company is rolling out the July security update to Nokia 6 smartphones in Taiwan and Hong Kong. HMD had promised to keep the Nokia phones as up to date as possible, and it seems like the company is sticking to its word. HMD has also promised to update its Nokia devices to Android O when it becomes available.
Speaking of Android O, the beta version of the OS is currently available for Pixel and Nexus users. While the official rollout of the new OS is not yet known reports suggest that it might be available for Pixel devices in August.