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Google: Monthly security fixes coming for Nexus devices, starting now

by Todd Haselton | August 5, 2015August 5, 2015 12:00 pm PDT

Nexus 6-B

Google on Wednesday announced that it will issue monthly over-the-air updates to Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10 and Nexus Player. The first of its kind addresses the Stagefight issue, which we know is already beginning to hit the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 for Sprint, but Google’s message is that this is going to be a more permanent strategy moving forward.

Google said that through extensive research it believes fewer than 0.15 percent of all Android devices have “any kind of potentially harmful app installed,” so long as users download apps strictly from Google Play, but security is still a primary focus. “Security continues to be a top priority and monthly device updates are yet another tool to make and keep Android users safe,” Google’s lead engineer for Android security Adrian Ludwig and director of Nexus product management Venkat Rapaka said.

Google will release the same fixes through the Android Open Source Project so that they can be applied to other devices. The company also said it’s now promising major Android updates for Nexus devices for at least two years and “security patches for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store.”

Sounds like Google just offered up another reason to consider sticking with Nexus devices.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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