Google has released the December Android security update for the Pixel smartphones. Surprisingly, the Nexus 5X and 6P are also updated.
Android security update December 2018 available
This month, Google has addressed 56 vulnerabilities in the system. It mainly concerns leaks that (in theory) can be used by hackers to watch on your device. The most critical vulnerability that has been found is found in the media framework. This allowed hackers to basically hack into a smartphone by sending certain files to the user. No victims are known, Google writes in her blog.
Yet it is smart to get the update as soon as possible. Of course, Googles own Nexus and Pixel smartphones are the first to be updated. The latter devices also receive an extra update with improvements.
Among other things, the HDR function of the camera and the always-on display of the Pixel 3 (XL) have been improved. Some users suffered from a flickering screen. The RAM problem, which meant that several apps could not run next to each other, was also addressed.
Yet an update for the Nexus 5X and 6P
Do not have a Google Pixel? Then you have to be patient. Brands like Nokia, Samsung and Sony usually roll out security updates within a few days to weeks for their most popular smartphones. Cheaper phones usually have to wait a bit longer, or patches are bundled. This gives you an update once every 60 to 90 days.
Against expectations, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are also updated, although these devices are now older than three years. This is the period in which Google provides guaranteed updates to its smartphones. It seemed that the November security patch would be the last. Although it is possible that the device also takes a next update, the chance is small.
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ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.
The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :
- Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
- Better RAM Management.
- Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
- It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
- Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
- Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
- More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
- See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
- New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
- SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
- State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
- and other cool features.
Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Step 1:Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.
Step 2:Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.
Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.
Step 3:Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.
Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip