These are the best Android phones when it comes to security updates

These are the best Android phones when it comes to security updates

Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but only Google's Pixels, and the Essential Phone, are very good at covering Android's security updates on time. In the latest, February 2018 scorecard by research firm SecurityLab, the time to publish an update after discovering a vulnerability, or the maximum length of time before the update is available to all phones in a company's portfolio, reveal a pretty abysmal picture. 

As mentioned, it's just Google Pixel and Essential that are pushing security updates as soon as they become available, but, let's face it, the models from these two companies can literally be counted on one hand. We were pleasantly surprised by Nokia, whose stock Android comes right after Google and Essential, if we don't count BlackBerry, or specialized phones. 

With the newly-announced Nokia 7 Plus offering telephoto zoom, huge battery, and 18:9 display for sub-400 price, the Finns may develop somewhat of a cult following in the value-for-money segment, if they keep doing the right things. Samsung and LG are down the list, needless to say, with weeks to months between important security update rollouts to their far-reaching rosters.

source: @SecX13

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16 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2158; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This image is so depressing. I was mostly okay with getting an update every other month (Samsung) but this looks really bad. Essential has been great with updates and they should be given props for that.

2. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

updates arent important for me. not at all

3. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Not even security updates that stop your phone being easily hacked? That seems like a rather ill-informed, not to mention dangerous, position to take.

6. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I have never gotten hacked. I wont till I die

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6149; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Actually you don't seem to KNOW if you have been hacked so far. For instance, you have no Ideea if a site you have been visiting was using your hardware to mine crypto currencies, yet there probably are a lot that did (and do, if you don't care and you have not updated your phone).

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Website using javascript to mine on you smartphone isn't called "hacked", it can't steal your personal information or anything, and even if you got OS update, it wont save you from JSmining since it run on browser, the easy solution for that case is to switch to better browser

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 6149; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as one circumvents the browser's security, it means one is hacking the smartphone.

14. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

No, you just don't know if you've been hacked, but considering the level of ignorance you've displayed in your posts I think it's quite likely you already have been. How would you even know if you've not been updating your phone?

15. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Todays technology software support/update is half the story when it comes to smartphones,tablets, pcs, macs,etc. It can make or break one device thru support.

4. Jrod99

Posts: 678; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

The best of the best.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Totally glosses over how well iOS updates are. It’s right on the picture.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3066; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The article is about Android, not iOS. Why didn’t you mention how much better Windows is compared to Android? It’s right on the picture.

7. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

HMD/Nokia will give security updates for 3 years...

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I'm sorry, but this is kind of irrelevant, as every android flagship in 2018 is going to launch with Oreo, which means that they're going to have Project Treble support, which is completely going to change the way updates work on android. It's going to significantly speed up the process of updates, which means that this table won't even look remotely the same for 2018. I don't get the point of this article, now that the massive overhaul that Project Treble is, is becoming a common thing, as this table won't at all be representative of android in 2018 and onwards.

11. yyzamin

Posts: 375; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

The table is relevant to today.

10. theot14430 unregistered

Android, and security don’t mix.

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