Just two days into the month, Google is now kicking off the rollout of the May Security Patch for their Nexus lineup. As usual, the update contains a handful of security patches varying in severity. Other bug fixes and optimizations are also included. This month’s update includes fixes for 25 different issues, 6 marked as “critical”, 12 as “high, 6 as “moderate”, and 1 as a low-level issue.
You’ll note that with this update Google has renamed their security bulletin from “Nexus Security Bulletin” to “Android Security Bulletin” to further push the relationship of these updates to devices not sold by Google. This also appears to be the end of the road for the Nexus 10, with it having been dropped from Google’s support list this month meaning last month was the last update it would receive. Google previously said that they would support Nexus devices for 3 years or for 18 months following their removal from Google Play/Google Store. Google removed the Nexus 10 from the Play Store in October of 2014, so the timing does line up.
Google has not yet released OTAs for Nexus devices (but they should be right around the corner) although factory images are already available for all currently supported devices. Note that you’ll need to download the updates listed below for the appropriate devices.
- MTC19T for the Nexus 6P and 5X
- MMB30G for the Nexus 6
- MOB30I for the Nexus 6
- MOB30H for the Nexus 5
- MXC89F for the Pixel C
- MOB30G for Nexus Player and Nexus 9 Wi-Fi & LTE
- MOB30J for the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi & Mobile
Google also notes that they made these changes available to their partners on the 4th of April, so we should begin seeing updates from other partners roll out soon. Samsung jumped on the update early this time around, kicking off their rollout back on April 22nd with their Korean variant.