With last month’s update coinciding with the release of Android 7.1.1, January’s is a more straightforward security patch. Slightly delayed to account for the first Monday of the month falling on a holiday, there are fixes for 95 vulnerabilities.
With Pixel and Pixel XL owners recently encountering a number of issues from audio distortion to limited battery concerns, it’s unlikely that Google’s flagship devices will be seeing notable bug fixes or new features this update. Verizon and Rogers in Canada only note “Security updates.”
On that front, there are 23 bugs in the security patch dated 2017-01-01 and 72 in the 2017-01-05 one. According to Google, the two security patch level strings provide “Android partners with the flexibility to more quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices.”
Nexus and Pixel devices will receive the latter patch, while devices from other manufactures, like LG, will also include OEM-specific fixes.
The vulnerabilities range from moderate to critical, with the most severe possibly enabling remote code execution when browsing, using email, or MMS. However, Google notes that there are no reports of customers being affected by these security issues.
[Update: For Pixel owners wondering what version to install, the factory image site has been updated to clarify that NMF26V is for “Europe/O2” only. The rest of the world should select and receive the NMF26U OTA.]
- Pixel XL: Android 7.1.1 — NMF26U, NMF26V — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
- Pixel: Android 7.1.1 — NMF26U, NMF26V — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
- Pixel C: Android 7.1.1 —N4F26I — Factory Image — OTA
- Nexus 6P: Android 7.1.1 —N4F26I, N4F26J — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
- Nexus 5X: Android 7.1.1 —N4F26I — Factory Image — OTA
- Nexus 6: Android 7.1.1 —N6F26Q — Factory Image — OTA
- Nexus Player: Android 7.1.1 —NMF26R — Factory Image — OTA
- Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi): Android 7.1.1 —N4F26M — Factory Image — OTA