Google Updates Nexus Devices With Security Fixes

Posted: Aug 6 2015, 12:21am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 6 2015, 12:55am CDT , in Technology News

Google Updates Nexus Devices with Security Fixes

Google changed the way to deliver security updates for its Nexus Android devices.

The StageFright security issue has caused Google to improve its updating procedures for the Nexus line of Android devices. Google issued the first monthly over the air security update that is fixing the StageFright and other security issues.

The new Android vulnerability named Stagefright is one of the worst Android security holes ever. Google's mobile phone operating system can hacked using a simple multimedia message (MMS). The affected users do not the play the media, just view the message to get infected with malware. The flaw was discovered by Zimperium zLabs.

Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player received the update.

At the same time, the fixes will be released to the public via the Android Open Source Project. Nexus devices will continue to receive major updates 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.

Now Google's Android partners including Samsung, LG, Motorola need to follow to implement a similar regular updating process to make sure Android is save for its customers.

Samsung already stepped forward and announced a monthly update procedure for their Android devices. Like Google, Samsung will release monthly security updates.

“With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner. Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will aim to provide the best mobile experience possible for our users.” said Dong Jin Koh, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Research and Development Office, IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics.

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