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.