Google's April Security Update for Android Now Live
Apr 4, 2016, 1:43 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Google today highlighted its April security patch, which is first being delivered to Nexus smartphones and tablets. The patch resolves 29 issues, of which eight are considered critical. The most severe could enable remote code execution via certain media files, as well as the Stagefright bug. Other issues impact the core kernel as well as certain Qualcomm components. Google says it discovered the vulnerabilities earlier this year and alerted its parters to the risks on March 16. Google has already made the patch available in factory image form via the Google Developer Site. It will release the associated new builds to the Android Open Source Project within the next 48 hours, and will push the update over the air to Nexus handsets in the next few days. Google said, as far it is aware, none of the vulnerabilities were exploited. Google provides monthly security updates to Nexus-branded Android handsets.
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Snapdragon 808 processor 2 GB RAM
2,700 mAh battery
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), NFC, Fingerprint Reader