Google Releases March 2017 Android Security Updates For Pixel & Nexus Devices


Google just published its monthly Android security bulletin with latest OTA and factory images for Nexus and Pixel devices. The tech giant released the February security patches, last month and this one comes as March update. You can now update your Nexus or Pixel device to the latest software without waiting for an official OTA update.

The factory images are limited to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C devices. Notably, this marks the final platform update for the Nexus 6. Further, the Nexus 6 will only be entitled to get security patches. These full factory images are worth if you've already flashed a custom ROM on your device. It will help you skipping OTA updates and get the full software in a single step.

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In the bulletin, Google also mentioned that the vulnerabilities listed in the March update have already been revealed to the partner OEMs in February. "Security patch levels of March 05, 2017 or later address all of these issues," it wrote in the bulletin. There are two different security patch levels in the March update, which aims at providing "Android partners with the flexibility to more quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices."

Google also mentioned in the post that March security patches would be delivered to Pixel and Nexus devices in one single OTA update (if you would rather wait for it). For now, the update is being rolled out to Nexus and Pixel devices. You can find OTA binary images file for your Nexus or Pixel device here while the new factory images can be obtained from here.

The March security patch fixes one of the most critical security issues, which would have let hackers set up a remote code execution on devices via emails, browsers, and MMS media file. Although Google swears that there is not even a single issue relating to the vulnerability, it still went ahead fixed it on time.

Here are the direct download links for factory images

Direct download links for full OTA images

The company has not included Nexus Player in the list. There are chances that it might add OTA files for Nexus Players in the coming days, but for now the device is missing from the list.