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Google wants the Android phone makers to push regular security updates

Security and privacy have been two major factors for people while choosing a new phone. In the last couple of month, you might have heard several hacks and vulnerabilities detected on different mobile operating systems, and it’s always frustrating to wait for the updates for months. Google is pretty quick to issue them, but it takes longer for OEMs like Motorola and Samsung to get with the program, and I’ve definitely noticed some major lapses.

But at Google I/O 2018 this past week, the company’s head of Android security said that OEMs will now be contractually obligated to issue regular security patches.

“We’ve also worked on building security patching into our OEM agreements,” said David Kleidermacher, head of Android platform security. “Now this will really lead to a massive increase in the number of devices and users receiving regular security patches,” he continued.

The news was first reported by XDA-Developers, but you can watch it right here yourself at around the 2:10 mark.

In March, Kleidermacher told CNET that Android is now just as secure as its rivals — and mentioned that the company would put pressure on OEMs to roll out patches faster — but security researchers discovered that some Android phone makers were lying about their security updates in April.

It is worth to mention that, Apple has been at the first priority of people while it comes about security. The main reason is, the company pushes the updates to all its devices as soon as a new update is available for public, making the platform more secure from new vulnerabilities. Google seems to be showing their competitors that, they are not far behind.

For more updates on Android Security, Stay tuned with Tech Includes.

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Written by Snehasish Nayak

Google Top Contributor (Allo, Duo), a Local Guide, and Founder of TechIncludes. Follow me on twitter @Th3Snehasish.


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