Changes are coming. Google changes the terms of cooperation with some smartphone manufacturers. Will Android smartphones be safer in the end?
Regular fixes for everyone?
As we all know, smartphones from the Pixel family and Nexus get monthly security patches issued by Google . They are not the only smartphones that get them, but with different manufacturers it can be different. Some get it and some do not. Everything is in the hands of the producers, which is not a good idea – after all, a new Android virus is created every 10 seconds.
Google changes the terms of cooperation with some producers
At the annual Google I / O conference , the company confirmed that the cooperation with individual smartphone manufacturers has been modified so as to be able to force them to release security patches more often on their smartphones. David Kleidemacher, who is the chief director of security for Android, says:
"Billions of people who use Android are an easy target for hackers and new terms of cooperation will help to provide security patches for millions of terminals that have not received any updates so far."
This is a step in the right direction, but Google employees themselves say that there are very few cooperating companies, and even the security director alone can not exactly determine which of the smartphone manufacturers have signed new terms of cooperation. The new beta version of Android P can already be installed on devices from , among others, from Sony, Essential, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi . Thanks to this, I am guessing that the above-mentioned producers have signed a new agreement regarding the provision of security patches. Unfortunately, it is not known how often security updates will be delivered to devices. Will they be made available every month? Less often, but regularly? We also do not know anything about the two largest smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei .
There is hope that something will eventually change
Hopes die last and we have nothing but to believe that more companies that make up smartphones will follow in the footsteps of Sony, Nokia or Xiaomi and will actually start providing monthly security patches for their devices. Or maybe Google will surprise us and will force manufacturers to update their devices to newer versions of the system, which would contribute to the reduction of fragmentation? What do you think about this? Let me know in the comments. Source: PhoneArena