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Google has just released the July security update for its supported Nexus lineup via factory images and OTA zip files while the Pixel C is still awaiting the new patch. The complete list of critical, high and moderate level security patches has been detailed by Android Security Bulletin in its recent post, which covers two separate announcements on 1 July and 5 July respectively.

While Google's software support has already ceased for Nexus 10, the Nexus 7 2013 is next in line to face a similar fate as it has been three years since the second-gen Nexus 7 was released. In other words, both the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 have reached the end-of-life date or crossed 18-month OEM support period a long while ago.

Here is the complete list of Nexus devices along with their firmware build numbers for the July 2016 security update:

  • Pixel C – (not yet updated)
  • Nexus 6P – MTC19X
  • Nexus 5X – MTC19Z
  • Nexus 6 – MMB30K and MOB30O
  • Nexus Player – MOB30P
  • Nexus 9 LTE – MOB30P
  • Nexus 9 Wi-Fi – MOB30P
  • Nexus 5 – MOB30P
  • Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi – MOB30P
  • Nexus 7 2013 3G – MOB30P

The July security update for Nexus devices basically consists of two sections which are classified under 1 July and 5 July. Both the sections contain a bunch of critical fixes, a few high-level and moderate-level bug-fixes, but the catch here is that all the bug-fixes are classified as device-specific issues related to drivers for proprietary binary package of that particular Nexus device.

Given the changelog or the list of bug-fixes, it is clear that one or more OEM drivers from Qualcomm, MediaTek and Nvidia had some vulnerability in the drivers coding within the proprietary binaries as well as some communication libraries like OpenSSL and Bluetooth.

Avid custom ROM developers can download the latest Nexus binaries via Google's official developer site while end users can grab their device-specific factory images and OTA zip files using the download links below:

Google Nexus factory images

Google Nexus OTA zip files

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