Google has released the latest May 2018 security update for all its eligible Pixel / Nexus devices. This new firmware is based on the Android 8.1 Oreo standard but contrary to the previous firmware release, May 2018 builds carry security updates and lots of bug fixes. Most importantly, Google has addressed the persistent multi-touch issue which caused Pixel and Nexus devices to improperly handle multiple inputs at once hence leaving a lot of users frustrated. Further, the new security additions are meant to make Android more reliable and secure. Right ahead, we have gathered direct download links for May 2018 security update packages for all compatible devices along with the complete official security bulletin.
Latest May 2018 OTA update has already started arriving on user’s devices but as this is a staged roll-out, some devices would get it faster than others. To skip the wait, you can manually download the complete package for either your Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL from the links given right ahead. For users having devices with custom ROMs or root, manually downloading and installing the new May 2018 update is the only route.
Google Pixel / Nexus Security Bulletin – May 2018
You can find the latest Google Pixel and Nexus May 2018 factory image links below for the supported devices: Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.
As mentioned, the OTA roll out has already been initiated and users are reporting this update arriving directly on their devices. The Check for Update functionality built-in to the Android system had been causing issues in previous builds so hopefully, this time around, they have addressed this as well. To check for an available update, go to Settings > System > System update > Check for update.
Here is a list of all the functional updates (changelog) included in this May 2018 update:
- Improve Multitouch Detection – [All]
- Adjust Pixel XL charging behavior – [Pixel XL]
Download Google Pixel / Nexus May 2018 Factory Images
Here are the download links for those who want to flash their phones manually without waiting for the over-the-air update to arrive:
Download May 2018 Security Update for Pixel 2: Download Factory Image
Download May 2018 Security Update for Pixel XL: Download Factory Image
Download May 2018 Security Update for Pixel: Download Factory Image
Download May 2018 Security Update for Nexus Pixel C: Download Factory Image
Download May 2018 Security Update for Nexus 6P: Download Factory Image
Download May 2018 Security Update for Nexus 5X: Download Factory Image
NOTE: If installing these factory images on your Google Pixel or Nexus devices, you also need the latest fastboot tool. You can get it from the Android SDK Platform-Tools package, which you can download here.
[Via Android, Pixel Security Bulletin]