Google rolled its Android security update for February

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Google has revealed out its monthly Android update for security. The February security fix, like every month, will be first hitting Google Nexus and Pixel devices followed by others.

The February security patch by Google involves patches to several vulnerabilities most of which deal with Pixel and Nexus devices. The search giant, Google, has said that the security patch is divided in two subsets based on the release date 2017-02-01 & 2017-02-05. It will come as a solitary OTA update nonetheless.

The February Android security patch incorporates over 36 fixed issues. One of the most critical vulnerability fixed
was the capacity to enable remote code execution on a gadget using email, web browsing, MMS and more.

Other than the February OTA update, Google has likewise released factory images for its Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and Nexus 9. Factory images are for those who don’t want to wait for the OTA update.

On a related note, it was recently announced that Google will eliminate its Google Now Launcher (broadly called GNL) from the Play Store. As per a report in Android Police, the organization will be removing the launcher soon.

In an email sent to Android device manufacturers (obtained by Android Police), the search giant said that by Q1 2017 Google Now Launcher (GNL) will be “unpublished” from Google Play Store.

However, though Google is ceasing the GNL, it will keep on supporting it.

Furthermore, the GNL will be removed from optional GNS starting March 1. This implies that new Android devices with Google Now Launcher will not be approved by the company.

The move appears to bode well for Google as the organization has two launchers on Google Play at this moment – Google Now Launcher and Pixel Launcher. The eliminating of the GNL indications that the organization may make its Pixel Launcher accessible for different gadgets too. For the time being, the Pixel Launcher is constrained to Google Pixel and Pixel XL cell phones.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk

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