Like clockwork, with the change of the calendar to August, the Android team has just released the Android Security update for the month. The new update patches are going to be hitting the AOSP over the course of the next 48 hours with the OTA updates for Nexus devices likely coming at the end of the week or early next week. Like the Android team did in July, the August security updates are coming in two patches. The first is the August 1st patch which has 1 critical update and 4 high priority updates out of the 14 total updates in the patch. This patch is more generic in nature and applies to Android in general. The Google team is trying to get these high priority updates out to their manufacturing partners faster so updates are done faster by them. Those well versed in Android lore know that patches and updates are, um, lacking in some cases.
The second update is more around device specific updates. These include patches for 7 critical issues mostly around drivers and 16 high priority updates which again, mostly focus on drivers. This
second patch is dated August 5th and frankly is aimed more at Nexus devices than anything else. That doesn’t mean you won’t see these on non-Nexus devices. They will, however, likely be rolled up in a later update from your device manufacture or carrier.
You can get the complete list of fixes in these patches and all the gory details in the Android Security Bulletin.
For those who want to manually flash the factory images to your Nexus devices, those images are now available for download on the Factory Images site.