Google’s February 2018 Android update and security patch released

On Monday Google’s Android team announced the availability of the February security update. The update is available right now for Nexus and Pixel devices. If you own one of these devices, you can wait for the update to be pushed to your device for installation or grab an available image to install manually.

Google indicates the focus of the security improvements with the 2018-02-05 update are focused on the media framework. The update specifically addresses a vulnerability that could let an attacker gain a privileged level of access to a device in order to execute malicious code.

Besides addressing security concerns, Google included some other improvements in this update. One of those will help third-party camera apps access the Pixel Visual Core. The Pixel Visual Core is used by apps to access the dedicated chip in Pixel 2 devices. This is especially helpful with making better use of the HDR+ processing power available. By enabling this for third party apps, users who want to snap pics using an app’s native camera – like those in Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and others – can do so.

A variety of other updates and improvements covering a variety of functions and features are also included. These covers areas like improvements to Bluetooth and WiFi, battery performance, switching between audio sources, and others.

If you have a Nexus or Pixel device and want to get more details or grab the images, hit the source link below.

source: Android


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.