Google has released the January 2018 Android Security Update patches for the Google Nexus and Pixel lineup of devices. Normally the patches are released on the first Monday of the first full week in any given month. Given that yesterday was New Years Day and a holiday, it was delayed until today.
Like previous Android Security Update patches, there are two that have been released. The first patch is dated January 1 and primarily focuses on core Android fixes and addressing security vulnerabilities. In this patch there are a total of 20 fixes included, four of which are considered critical fixes.
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Without any notification or explanation, Google has extended the security update support for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P an additional two months. Both phones will now receive minor software patches until November 2018.
The change is reflected in an update to the Nexus Android version page on Google Support and appears to be the only changes to the schedule which the company adopted in 2016.
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So here’s a concept: A button that actually does something. For years, the “Check for update” button in Android pretty much did nothing. Sure you could hit it but the odds of you getting an update were pretty slim. Why? Because manufactures like Google, Samsung and others as well as carriers phase updates out to their customers. The result? The “Check for update” button was, by-and-large, useless.
That’s changing under Android Oreo, specifically for the Google Nexus and Pixel devices. Now when you tap that button in Settings>System>System Updates, it actually, really goes out to Google’s servers and download the latest OTA update. No waiting on phasing.
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After being leaked a couple of days ago along with a slew of other leaks, the Google trade-in program for the Google Pixel is now live at the Google Store. The program allows you to trade in previous Google Nexus phones, LG, Samsung, and iPhones to get a credit towards the purchase of a new Google Pixel or Pixel XL.
With the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL only a few weeks away, it is a little surprising to see Google open this program up now. The assumption was that it would start when the next generation phones were announced.
As for the value that you get, it largely depends on how new your phone is and its condition. For example, if I wanted to trade in my Nexus 6P with 64GB of storage, I would get back $155 since it is in working condition and doesn’t have a broken screen. If I trade in my wife’s iPhone SE 128GB, that would get me $87.
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Google has once again updated their support matrix for the Nexus and Pixel lineup of devices. Previously the company had outlined dates of when major updates and minor security updates would cease for the devices. There is nothing new here in that regard. What is new is the dates for the end of online and phone support for the devices. The good news, or at least the non-confusing news, is that online & phone support ends when security updates end on the devices.
Take the Nexus 6 for example. There are no guaranteed Android updates to the device since October 2016. No, Android O is not coming to the Nexus 6. Sorry, I loved it too. In October 2017, guaranteed security updates end and that is also when online and phone support ends for the device. Other devices follow this same timing.
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Update 3: Google addressed the server-side issue late yesterday and it is no not looping from beta to stable back to beta.
Update 2: Thanks to reader Aberr who is reporting that the looping is also happening on his Nexus 5X.
Update: It appears that the beta build is the last beta build so devices are looping from beta to stable to beta. Sigh….
For those of you who participate in the Android Beta program and have a Nexus 6P, the GA build of Android Nougat 7.1.2 is now rolling out to devices. The update is just a touch over 25MB in size, indicating that the last beta and this final build were pretty much identical. You are looking for build N2G47H and so far, only the Nexus 6P seems to be updating to this new build. Those of you who texted on the Nexus 5X or Pixel C are still having to wait for the official build to hit your devices.
If you are looking to get out of the beta, this is the time to do it. Once you have N2G47H installed on your Nexus 6P, you can then opt out of the Beta program and you won’t get a reset of your phone. If you move from the beta build out of the program, you will get a reset of your phone. And this little tidbit is important because there is already another beta build out.
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The 2nd and likely the last beta of Android Nougat 7.1.2 has begun rolling out to those enrolled in the Android Beta program. The update brings additional bug fixes and refinements to the first beta which, on the whole, is a bug fix and refinement release for Nougat. While there is no official word on when the general public will see 7.1.2, it is likely not far away. Generally the first beta was solid and this second appears to be smoothing out a few rough edges. It feels complete at this point.
While the focus is on bug fixes and refinements, this beta does bring a few new things to the table. First, for those of you with a Nexus 6P, you finally get the fingerprint scanner swipe action that has been on the Nexus 5X since the first beta. If you remember, the first beta for the 6P was delayed by about three weeks and didn’t come with the ability to swipe down and read notifications. That seems to have been addressed in this second beta.
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