Google will require that phone makers roll out monthly security updates

Enrique, 10 May 2018

During Google I/O, head of Android Security, David Kleidermacher, spoke about the changes that are coming to security in Android P. Of course, the talk started by mentioning the ways that Google has made it easier for OEMs to make updates for their Android devices thanks to things like Project Treble.

As reported by XDA-Developers Google is taking it a step further by modifying its OEM agreements to include revisions that require regular security patches as part of this agreement.

We’ve also worked on building security patching into our OEM agreements. Now this will really lead to a massive increase in the number of devices and users receiving regular security patches.”

There aren’t many more details about these new security patch requirements like: How often will updates be required? When will OEMs need to comply with regular updates? How will Google verify that an OEM is providing regular updates?

Android has made much progress on solving the issue that it’s been facing since the OS’ conception: fragmentation. But with Project Treble and now Google’s efforts to get OEMs to push out regular security updates, Google is certainly concerned to get updates to consumers quicker, and to make sure that everyone using Android is on the latest security patch for the safety of their data.

Android is in charge of its operating system, so it will certainly benefit consumers when these rules are put into place. Google appears to be more invested and committed to Android than ever before. With an improved focus on wearables since the rebranding of Android Wear to Wear OS.



Reader comments

  • Matthayichen
  • 17 May 2018
  • PB7

Speaking of Chinese phones, Xiaomi phones are regularly supported for years and years after release. They may not update the core OS much, but the custom UI is kept up to date for 3-4 years. I have a Xiaomi Mi A1, it's an Android One phone so i...

  • You see?
  • 15 May 2018
  • S0D

Exactly! Their most selling best latest flagship phone and already 3 months behind on security! I hope you've learned your lesson and will never buy any Samsung again! There are only a few companies that release at least some updates timely...

  • AnonD-512433
  • 14 May 2018
  • Ybt

As my galaxy s9 still rocks the february update

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