Google, the search engine giant, releases new Android updates but it is not easy for the smartphone companies to pass those on to their phones. But this thing is set to change soon as a confidential document suggests so. Google’s new contract says that the manufacturers would have to provide regular Android security updates to their devices.
It says that all the popular Android smartphones and tablets would need to be regularly updated for at least two years. The contract with smartphone companies asks for “at least four security updates” in the first year of any device’s launch. However, we do not have a specific number for the second year but rest assured, the devices would need time to time updates. Google is finally speaking up for the masses and it is good to see so.
Google’s head of Android security, David Kleidermacher spoke about these things during the Google I/O. He also mentioned the provisions added by Google which talk about the need for regular security updates. These instructions are valid for any device launched after January 31, 2018, and has sold more than 100,000 units. From July 31st, the patching requirements were applied to 75 per cent of a manufacturer’s “security mandatory models.” From January 31 2019, all these security mandatory models receive the updates.
The smartphone makers would have to solve these issues within a specific time frame as well. Every month, the phones should be protected against the problems identified more than ninety days ago. Also, all the phones should be launched with the same level of bug fixes. If the manufacturers do not abide by these regulations, Google could actually delay the approval for the future phones. This would lead to a delay in their releases if at all they get approved.
Moreover, these terms have been included in the agreements distributed in the European Union, we cannot speculate if they would apply globally. However, the public comments made by Google suggest that these terms might apply to the other regions. Earlier, the company had to poke the manufacturers to provide security updates. But the recent Android versions have actually made it easier by showing when a phone was last updated. Android Oreo also made some improvements and helped in making the OS updates easier and faster to build.
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