Google Pix­el Users Face July Secu­ri­ty Patch Instal­la­tion Error


Google has rolled out the Android 7.1.2 July security update for its Pixel and Nexus devices including Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 but there seems to be an error in the installation process.


The latest security patch aims at fixing vulnerabilities affecting Android devices including ‘critical security vulnerability in media framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code’.

According to Google’s official support document, the latest security update fixes all 43 issues from the update dated July 1, 2017, and 96 issues from the update dated July 5, 2017.

While a majority of these fixes patch security vulnerabilities, a few also bring minor performance improvements to the devices.

Pixel users on Google Product Forums and Reddit have complained that they’re facing installation error while trying to update their device with the latest security patch from Google.

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The company have acknowledged the error in the installation of the latest security patch and is working on identifying the issue and a fix for the situation.

Pixel XL devices have not been affected by the installation issue and quite surprising the update for XL devices is 9MB larger than Pixel devices at 70MB. Pixel gets a 61MB security update installation.

To check if your Pixel or Nexus device is updated to the latest software, go to your device ‘Settings’, find ‘About Device’ and then tap on ‘Software Update’.

The Android 7.1.2 update is not available on devices running the Android O developer preview.

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