Android Security Update for March now available

The monthly security update for Android for March 2018 has been released by Google. As is their normal method, the initial release is available for Nexus and Pixel devices through an over-the-air update or via factory images that users can download and flash onto their devices. At some point in the future the update will ostensibly roll-out to devices from other manufacturers.

The update for March does not appear to be a big one. Outside of addressing potential security holes, three updates are included in this month’s patch, all of them aimed at the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The updates include improvements to screen waking when a user opts for fingerprint unlock, improved audio performance when users are recording video, and better crash reporting.

The update files are available for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. Currently no update is available for the Pixel C, but that could be forthcoming. Google also released some specific builds for the Nexus 6P for Softbank and the Nexus 5X on Softbank and Telstra.

For links to the download images, hit the source link below. Just remember that flashing your device will erase all data. Alternatively, you can wait for the over-the-air update to be pushed out to your device by Google.

source: Google

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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, and 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 wife and 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 in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.