Google releases August security update for supported Pixel and Nexus devices

Since it’s the first Monday of the month, today gets the honor of being the day on which Google has released the latest Android security patches. As always, the company pushes these directly to the Pixel and Nexus devices it still supports, while third party Android device makers will hopefully update their handsets in due course.

The August security update is split in two levels unsurprisingly, August 1 and August 5. The former contains most of the patches, while the latter fixes some low-level kernel exploits. Nexuses and Pixels always get everything, while for other devices their respective manufacturers will choose what to include.

The factory images and full OTA zip files are already up for grabs from Google’s website – that is, if you have a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player. If you’re not into manually flashing things, don’t worry – the over-the-air rollout of the update should have commenced already and will hit your particular device at some point within the next few days.