LG signs on to growing list of Android OEMs delivering monthly security updates
Smartphone platforms have seen their fair share of security scares over the years, but there’s something about this new attack on the Android StageFright subsystem that really has industry players responding in way unlike what we’ve seen before. Rather than dragging their feet in getting fixes out, we’re not only seeing a rush to update devices, but also some bold new commitments being made to keep on top of security updates going forward, devoting resources to getting those updates out in a timely fashion. Google’s going to be leading the charge as it prepares platform-level updates, distributes that code to OEM partners, and helps get monthly security updates ready for individual Nexus-series devices. We’ve already heard of manufacturers who have similarly committed to a monthly security update cycle, including Samsung. Now we’ve got another ready to join with monthly updates of its own, as LG makes its own commitment.
In a statement, the manufacturer explains, “LG will be providing security updates on a monthly basis which carriers will then be able to make available to customers immediately. We believe these important steps will demonstrate to LG customers that security is our highest priority.”
That’s a great attitude, but just like with Samsung, we’re curious to learn more about just how far-reaching this commitment is. For instance, we know that the G2, G3, and G4 should all be updated this month to close that StageFright hole, but what about other models: the G Flex 2, or one of the company’s many Android mid-rangers? Monthly updates sound like a big time investment, and at some point LG’s going to have to draw the line and decide which models are most important – and right now, we don’t have a great sense for where that line might fall.