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August 10, 2015

Samsung, Google & LG to provide monthly Android security updates

Stagefright bug has recently exposed 95% of Android devices.

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung Electronics, Google and LG have committed to provide monthly security updates for smartphones that run the Android OS.

Several players in the Android market are working to boost security following recent revelations about the Stagefright bug which has exposed 95% of Android devices – 950 million devices in total.

The security updates will take place about once a month. Samsung said it has fast tracked security updates to its Galaxy devices and is working with several carriers and partners to resolve the issue.

In order to address vulnerabilities in the future, the company is planning to work on the process further and implement it as a timely security update practice.

Samsung Electronics Mobile Research and Development Office, IT & Mobile Communications head and executive vice president Dong Jin Koh said: "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."

Google said it will roll out the current security updates to the Nexus Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and Nexus Player models.

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The search giant will roll out security updates for about three years from either initial availability of a device or one and half year following the last sale of a specific device on its store.

Last week, Microsoft released Windows Bridge for iOS, earlier known as ‘Project Islandwood’, which will allow developers to use their existing codes used for developing iOS apps to create apps for Windows phones.

The Windows Bridge for Android, or ‘Project Astoria’, is also available to a selected few as a technical preview.

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