Google and Samsung are not set to offer monthly security updates for their Android phones, in the wake of recent concerns about a flaw in the mobile operating system.
The Stagefright flaw has been in the headlines in recent weeks, with hackers sending MMS images to unsuspecting users, compromising their phones’ security in the process.
While Google said it had pushed out a fix to manufacturers, it has now taken things further by confirming that it will release monthly patches for its Nexus phones and tablets. This includes all devices released since the Nexus 4 in 2012.
Google says the monthly fixes will be available on any Nexus phone from three years after its initial launch or 18 months after it stops being available on the Google Store.
Samsung has said that it will do the same for its Galaxy handsets. However, the Korean company’s global reach and availability on myriad networks means it is having to speak with local carriers about implementing the updates, meaning they could take some time.
There’s no word from other Android manufacturers, but with Google and Samsung leading the charge, expect to hear from more mobile makers in the next few weeks regarding their security processes.
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