Google commits to launching Android security updates for Nexus devices once per month
posted by Florin T. / Aug 05, 2015, 4:29 PM
Following the recent discovery of the Stagefright vulnerability, Google today announced that, from now on, it's going to roll out over the air security updates to its Nexus devices once per month (in addition to platform updates, whenever these are ready). The following Nexus models are included here: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. The first such update is available to these devices starting today, and includes fixes addressing the aforementioned Stagefright exploit.
According to Google, security patches will be rolled ou to Nexus devices up to 3 years from a device's initial availability, or for 18 months after a device has been purchased from Google Store.
Samsung today also said that it's committed to launching security updates for its Android smartphones and tablets about once per month. All in all, it's good to see that the companies that matter most to the Android ecosystem are quick to address security-related problems.
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This is good news (Nexus 4 owner)! I never worry about security things. Unless you browse sites that would be obvious to potentially hack your phone, you'll be fine!
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 4:47 PM 2
that's a totally ignorant thing to say. Look at the stage fright vulnerability. As these mobile OSs become popular, the possibility for these security hacks and malware increases. Not saying common sense shouldn't be used.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 5:17 PM 1
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I'll agree with you, it's a shame that OEMs and service providers stand in the way of these updates though because Stagefright was already fixed by Google when the issue was first announced, unfortunately third party companies stand in the way. Still no victims just yet though, thankfully.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 6:04 PM 1
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I'm sorry but what is "totally ignorant" about the statement above? As a Nexus user the guy above you is guaranteed more frequent updates, period. He is more secure than you are. Are you picking on the "never worry about security thing" part of his comment? Just because s/he doesn't worry about security does not make the Nexus user ignorant of the threats. Carry on now Justin Beiber!
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 7:36 PM 4
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Google should have committed itself to security updates when it first acquired android and further developed and promoted it. Just because its based on Linux doesn't mean its invulnerable to security issues(especially considering linux itself isn't and the primary reason we don't see major security issues found in linux very often is because it has a small user base and isn't worth targeting, and when it is targeted its a lot easier to because the code is open source and the same goes for android).
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 6:35 PM 0
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Wow, I laugh at your "when it is targeted its a lot easier because the code is open source" part of the post. Do you really believe that? And Google did commit to updates, they have done security updates extremely fast, now they're making the commitment formal and saying security updates will roll out on a monthly basis for the Nexus devices. The problem for Google is that the vendors they work with refuse to provide timely updates to the core Android OS because of their eternal conflict of interest against doing so in the first place. Why should Samsung update their software when it's easier to sell newer devices with "fixed" software? Bottom line, if you buy a non-nexus phone, you are committing a sin.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 7:40 PM 3
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