Google Working with Partners to Make Pushing Security Patches to Android Phones Better

Posted by at 12:40 am on March 23, 2017

Google announces plans to give phone makers and network operators more options for pushing security updates to smartphones.

In an annual report published today, Google says some 735 million devices received at least one security update during 2016. However, some 50% of devices in use haven’t received a security update in the past 12 months.

“We’re working to increase device security updates by streamlining our security update program to make it easier for manufacturers to deploy security patches and releasing A/B updates to make it easier for users to apply those patches,” explained Google in its report.

Google continues to work with security firms and researchers to find and fix bugs. The company typically releases security updates once per month. Google didn’t say exactly how it plans to address security updates with its partners moving forward, only that it would.

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