To be able to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet, you really need to be able to trust it: trust it with details about your personal life, your finances, and plenty of other specifics that you’d rather not fall into the wrong hands. The companies behind these devices are growing more cognizant to that fact, and we just heard from Samsung about how it intends to make security a big priority going forward, and plans to deliver monthly security updates to its Android phones. Just after posting that news we got word of a similar initiative from another major Android player, as Google announces its own series of monthly security updates for Nexus models.
Back in May we heard that Google was about to confirm a new update policy for Nexus devices: two years of system updates, and three years of security updates. We were expecting to see this policy made official at I/O, but the gathering passed without us hearing Google make it official. Well, now it’s codified, and beyond just making security updates available for three years following a Nexus model’s release, Google plans to make sure those updates hit phones quickly, delivering them on a monthly schedule.
Like Samsung’s, Google’s first wave of these updates addresses the MMS-triggered security hole in the Android StageFright media indexing system. The updates are on their way out today, and it doesn’t sound like Google’s leaving anyone out, hitting the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and even the Nexus Player. Look for a similar batch to land every month from here on out.