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Weekend poll: How old is the security patch on your phone?

Weekend poll: How old is the security patch on your phone?

Samsung recently revealed that it would give its phones an impressive four years of security updates. Paired with its high position in our regular Android update tracker, the company is rapidly becoming the Android update king. In light of the news, we're curious to know how up-to-date your phone might be. If you're willing to dig through the settings app for just a moment, let's compare: What Android security patch level is your phone running?

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Google releases Android's October security bulletin, OTAs and factory images available for Nexus/Pixel devices

Google releases Android's October security bulletin, OTAs and factory images available for Nexus/Pixel devices

The month of October has just begun, which means Pumpkin Spice lattes, leaves falling off trees, and marathons of The Nightmare Before Christmas on TV. It also means Google has released another Android security bulletin, just like the company does at the start of every month. As usual, OTA zips and factory images with the fixes are already available for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Android Now Shows Your Device's "Android Security Patch Level" In Marshmallow

Android Now Shows Your Device's "Android Security Patch Level" In Marshmallow

While going hands-on with the Nexus 5X and 6P a bit earlier, I noticed something interesting in the "about" screen of both devices: a new field. It's called "Android security patch level," and what it appears to do is display the date of your phone's most recent security patch.

We know Google has been taking significant flack for Android security updates post-Stagefright, so it seems this feature may be in response to those criticisms. I didn't learn anything else about it, but it was definitely on the 5X and 6P units I used, and speaking to a Google rep, they suggested this feature would ship on the devices.

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