Download: Nexus Security Patch for August 2016 Now Available

Like clockwork, Google has just announced the security patch for August 2016. The new update is on its way out to supported devices, which include the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C. These are all remaining on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Though, we may be seeing a second security patch from Google this month. As previous rumors stated that the Android 7.0 Nougat update will be coming with the August 5th security patch. Google did have two security patches last month, but the majority of users only got the July 5th update.

Those that might be wondering what the builds are for this update, the Nexus 5 is getting MOB30Y, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are seeing MTC20F, Nexus 6 gets MMB30R or MOB30W, Nexus 7 2013 is getting MOB30X or MMB30S, the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are getting MOB30W and finally the Pixel C is getting build MXC89L. Google has already posted both the OTA's and the factory images. So if you want to update your device to the latest security patch you can do so. If you don't want to factory reset your device, then you'll want to sideload the OTA file, which is pretty simple to do.

Google hasn't yet posted the security bulletin for August 2016's security patch, but that should be up fairly soon. Typically, Google patches a good number of security exploits in each update, but they won't go into detail about them. This is to protect devices that may not have these exploits patched already. It's also important to note here that Google has made the code for this patch available to its partners since the beginning of July. So their partners should be rolling out the August 2016 security update fairly soon. BlackBerry is usually quick with their rollout, followed by Samsung.

If you get the OTA for this security patch, it's a good idea to install it. Seeing as you never know if your device might be targeted for an attack, and it's better to be safe than sorry. Instead of opting to install it "later" go ahead and install it now. It doesn't take that long, especially with these security patches, since they are relatively small. We have links to the OTA's and factory images - if you'd rather update that way - below.

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