Samsung, Google Nexus Devices To Get Monthly Android Security Updates

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Smartphones and tablets will be among the first to benefit from incremental updates to Android

Some of the world’s most popular Android devices are set to receive monthly security updates as Google looks to better protect customers using its mobile OS.

Customers using Samsung and Google’s Nexus devices will be the first to benefit from the new system, with both companies announcing their backing today.

Major focus

Android-Fragmentation-large“Security has always been a major focus for Android and Google Play: Android was built from day one with security in mind,” said Google.

“Security continues to be a top priority and monthly device updates are yet another tool to make and keep Android users safe.”

Google has been providing Android manufacturers with a monthly bulletin of security issues so that they can keep their users secure, but recent vulnerabilities such as Stagefright have now forced this move.

Users of Google’s Nexus family of devices will be the first to receive the new updates, which are also being released to the public via the Android Open Source Project.

Timely

AndroidAs mentioned, Samsung has also declared its support for the program, although there are no details yet on which of its devices will receive the monthly upgrades.

“With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner,” said Dong Jin Koh, Samsung executive vice president and head of mobile research and development office.

“Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will aim to provide the best mobile experience possible for our users.”

The South Korean manufacturer worked closely with its worldwide carriers and partners to roll out fixes to the Stagefright vulnerability, an event which it says helped it recognise the importance of time sensitivity in addressing major vulnerabilities.

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