Google, Samsung To Release Monthly Android Security Updates For Devices

Following the discovery of the Stagefright vulnerability, Google has announced that it will roll out Android Security Updates for Nexus devices once every month.

These updates will be in addition to platform updates Google has been rolling out whenever they’re ready.

The monthly updates will hit the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10 and Nexus Player, with the first such update rolling out today which carries fixes for the Stagefright bug.

Google says its monthly security update program will support devices up to 3 years from their initial availability or up to 18 months after a device has been purchased from the Play Store.

Samsung too has announced that it will roll out security updates for its Android phones and tablets once every month. The Korean company said that it is further developing the process to roll out timely security updates.

The move by Samsung and Google are big wins for Android users and could be the start of an era where Android device manufacturers aren’t seen dragging their feet when it comes to regular OS updates.

While Google can simply push updates to its Nexus line of devices, Samsung says it is in active dialogue with carriers around the world to push updates to its devices.

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