Monday , February 19 2018

Google releases new OTAs and Factory Images for Pixels, Nexus with November security patches


Google has released its updates for Android including the November security updates, and they are now available as factory images and OTA .zip files for owners of Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, as well as the Pixel C, Nexus 5X and 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player.

At this stage, the following updates are available for the Pixel line:

  • Android 7.1.0 files for Pixel XL (NDE63U, NDE63V, NDE63X) and
  • Pixel (NDE63U, NDE63V, NDE63X).

The versions ending in 63U versions are for Europe, and 63X are focused towards the Verizon-sold models, so if you’re in Australia, 63V is the right choice (and it’s what I’ve flashed this morning). This brings your security patch level to 5 November 2016 — just three days ago, at the time of writing — which is extremely timely, update wise.

For other devices, we have Android 7.0.0 for Pixel C (NRD91N), Nexus 6P (NBD91K), Nexus 5X (NRD91N), Nexus 6 (NBD91P), Nexus Player (NRD91N), and Nexus 9 (NRD91N). The Nexus 6 is also getting new Android 6.0.1 builds of MOB31K and MMB31C including these latest fixes and patches.

You can grab the full OTA files here, which you can flash without needing to wipe your device, or the full factory images here. If you’re using an essentially unmodified device, the OTA files are by far the easiest option to apply. Simply download, reboot your phone into recovery mode, and apply the OTA using your computer and the adb tool. We’ve got a simple guide right here.

Flashing a factory image is a bit more involved, and can potentially wipe your device if you’re not careful. This is for more advanced users, and instructions are available on the factory images page (you’re better off following Google’s instructions directly).

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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5 Comments on "Google releases new OTAs and Factory Images for Pixels, Nexus with November security patches"

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Ausdroid Reader

Received it on BlackBerry Priv already.

Valued Guest

Should we be expecting these to arrive via the standard OTA upgrade mechanism?

Ausdroid Reader

mine did on the Pixel XL this morning. Took about 30mins to install though – weird for a 68Mb update.

Valued Guest

Interesting, was that from the Google store or from Telstra, and Telstra SIM or other?

Ausdroid Reader

Outright from JB hi-fi. Optus sim

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