Android update roundup: Google posts Stagefright-busting patches for Nexus devices

This week's Android update roundup was all about Stagefright, with Google, Samsung, LG, and others committing to regular security fixes.

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The Stagefright vulnerability stole the Android update show this week. It’s with good reason, as the bug could allow an attacker to compromise your phone with a simple MMS message.

Fortunately fixes are on the way, though there are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re safe if a fix isn’t here yet for your device. 

Each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes.


Stagefright fix: Google posted the factory images to address the Stagefright vulnerability for the following devices: Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus 5, 2013 Nexus 7 (WiFi), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4. You’ll need to flash the file manually to your device via ADB to apply the patch. Over-the-air updates are coming soon.


Nexus 5, 6: Since Sprint sells these devices directly, you should see the over-the-air update with build LMY48I for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.

Stagefright fixes: Several Samsung devices also got the Stagefright patch. Look for a Sprint update to hit the Galaxy S5, S6S6 Edge, and Note Edge.

Galaxy Note 4: While also getting a Stagefright patch, Sprint’s version of the Note 4 jumps ahead to Android 5.1.1. Along with a few new features this build contains a lot of bug fixes that should hopefully bring you faster performance.

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