Android 14 January security patch rolling out for Pixel

Google is kicking off the year in Pixel updates with the Android 14 January security patch today for the following devices: 5a, 6, 6 Pro, 6a, 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Tablet, Fold, 8, and 8 Pro.

There are 11 security issues resolved in the Android 14 January patch dated 2024-01-01 and 48 for 2024-01-05. Vulnerabilities range from moderate to critical.

The dedicated bulletin for Google devices has three additional security fixes, with global and Verizon builds today.


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Second Android 14-based Galaxy A52s update brings December security patch

It was merely two weeks back that the Galaxy A52s started receiving the Android 14/One UI 6 update, but Samsung is already releasing a follow-up update to the mid-range phone in some markets.

This is the second Android 14-based firmware for the Galaxy A52s and it is rolling out in India and a couple of other countries in the Indian subcontinent. The update sports firmware version A528BXXS5FWL4, and it comes bundled with the December 2023 security patch.

Security enhancements are all that this update brings to the Galaxy A52s. The December patch fixes a total of 75 security vulnerabilities, 54 of which affect all Android devices while the rest were found only in Samsung’s software. The patch also includes fixes for four vulnerabilities discovered in some Exynos chips, which aren’t applicable here thanks to the A52s being powered by a Snapdragon chip worldwide.

If you own a Galaxy A52s, you can check if the latest update is available by tapping the Download and install option in the phone’s Settings » Software update menu (it may take a few tries for the updates to start downloading). Full-sized firmware available in our archives can also be used to upgrade the phone, but this procedure requires a Windows PC and a USB cable.

Galaxy A52s next and final feature update will be One UI 6.1

The Galaxy A52s, like the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G, is eligible for three generations of Android OS upgrades, so it will not be receiving future versions of Android. As for One UI updates, the Galaxy A52s is likely to get One UI 6.1 sometime next year. After it has been updated to One UI 6.1, the A52s will only remain eligible for security updates.

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New Firmware Update for OnePlus Nord 2 Brings October 2023 Android Security Patch

OnePlus is continuing to provide timely updates for its smartphones, even amidst the buzz surrounding Oxygen OS 14. The company has released a new firmware update, OxygenOS 13 F.48, for the OnePlus Nord 2. This update specifically brings the latest October 2023 Android Security Patch for the India Variant of the smartphone.

The update is being rolled out gradually and will become available to a wider audience only after successful verification on a smaller scale. Therefore, it may take some time for the update to reach all units, ranging from a couple of days to a few weeks. However, users can manually check for the updatenavigating to Settings > About > Software Update.

If any issues or bugs are encountered while using the new firmware, users can submit their feedback via the OnePlus Community or Google Dialer. This allows OnePlus developers to gather information and make necessary improvements to enhance the user experience.

In addition, OnePlus has been actively rolling out the OxygenOS 14 Update Program, which is based on Android 14. The program includes both Open Beta and Closed Beta updates for compatible devices. Devices such as the OnePlus 11, OnePlus 11R, OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus 10, OnePlus Nord 3, and others are already included in the program.

It is expected that the stable Oxygen OS 14 build for the OnePlus 11 series will be released in the coming days, as the series has already received the Open Beta 3 build recently.

In conclusion, OnePlus continues to prioritize software updates for its smartphones, with the latest firmware update for the OnePlus Nord 2 bringing the October 2023 Android Security Patch. Users can expect further updates through the OxygenOS 14 Update Program, which is already underway for various compatible devices.

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OnePlus Nord N20 SE Receives Firmware Update with Security Patch

OnePlus has started rolling out a firmware update for the global variant of the OnePlus Nord N20 SE. The update, labeled CPH2469_13.1.1.520(EX01), brings various fixes and the latest September 2023 Android Security Patch to enhance system security. This update addresses a severe zero-day vulnerability that could have allowed unauthorized access to the device without user interaction. Additionally, it fixes three critical vulnerabilities and resolves several less severe potential issues.

To ensure optimal security, it is highly recommended to keep smartphones up to date with the latest security patches. OnePlus Nord N20 SE users can check for updatesnavigating to Settings > About > System Update on their device.

Feedback and bug reports can be submittedusers encountering any issues while using the smartphone on a daily basis through the OnePlus Community. OnePlus values user feedback and strives to improve the overall experience.

Furthermore, OnePlus is actively working on the development of OxygenOS 14, based on the latest Android 14. The Open Beta program for OxygenOS 14 is already available for the OnePlus 11. Users can choose to participate in either the Closed Beta or Open Beta programs to experience the latest features firsthand.

The Closed Beta is currently available for the OnePlus Nord 3, OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite, OnePlus 11R, OnePlus 11 (with an Open Beta option), OnePlus Nord 2T, and OnePlus 10 Pro. These devices can enjoy OxygenOS 14, which introduces several new features, including the Trinity Engine.

Keeping devices updated with the latest firmware and security patches is crucial in maintaining device performance and safeguarding against potential vulnerabilities.

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Google’s July 2023 security patch is here for Pixel devices

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In case you’re thinking, “today’s a Wednesday, but Pixel updates usually land on Mondays,” you’re right, Google is indeed a little bit behind its usual schedule. This month’s release has been delayed slightly until today, as a result of 4th July’s federal holiday to celebrate Independence Day in the US. Nonetheless, Google’s freshly baked Pixel software updates for July are finally here.



Of course, this isn’t one of the big feature drop updates (that was last month), but device owners can obviously look forward to the latest security patches and a handful of fixes and improvements. Notably, several Samsung Galaxy devices have also started receiving the new set of patches.


July 2023 Android Security Bulletin

The July 2023 Android Security Bulletin outlines a total of 24 vulnerabilities in the Android Framework and system components and a total of 20 vulnerabilities in the kernel and vendor components. The CVE numbers, type of vulnerability, and affected OS components are listed in the tables published by Google. Nearly all the vulnerabilities in the Android Framework and system components have been addressed with the security update to the 2023-07-01 patch level, whereas the vulnerabilities in the kernel and closed-source vendor components have been addressed with the 2023-07-05 patch level.

For more information on how the monthly Android security update process works, we recommend reading our explainer available here.

Pixel Update Bulletin/Functional Update

In addition to patching the vulnerabilities affecting all Android devices, the July 2023 Android security update also patches a few issues exclusively affecting Google’s own Pixel phones. These are documented in the Pixel Update Bulletin for this month.

The full changelog is below:

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