Android Security Update for March Released – Already Hitting Devices

The March Android Security Update has been released for Nexus and Pixel devices and, the good news, the update is already rolling out to devices.  The update was officially released yesterday and has become the way of things, consists of two patches.  The first patch, dated March 1st, contains three critical patches and 8 high priority patches.  This patch is generally for all Android devices while the second patch, dated March 5th, has 8 critical patches and contains a whopping 21 high priority patches.  This update is mostly for Nexus and Pixel devices.

Like previous releases, this month’s security update has been released as a full factory image for those who want to flash their devices manually and so has the OTA patch to do an incremental update.  For those who want to wait until Google actually pushes it to your phone or tablet, you won’t have to wait long.

Within just a few hours of their release, both my Nexus 9 and my Nexus 6P received the patch.  This is great news as Nexus or Pixel owners as there appears to be

Android Nougat
Android Nougat

no wait time to get these patches.  In the past, I’ve had it take upwards of a week to get the updates and others have had longer times to wait.  For non-Pixel and Nexus owners, you will have to wait until your manufacture and/or carrier release the update for your device.  The good news for those of you who have a Pixel on Verizon as they are already rolling out the update

If you want to read all the gory details of what is included in these patches, head over to the Android Security Bulletin page.