Google to roll out security-focused updates to Nexus devices on a monthly basis
Just a few hours ago, we let you know that owners of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 should soon be receiving a security patch for the Stagefright exploit. That came as no surprise, as Nexus devices are normally among the first to receive timely OTA updates. It looks like the security patch we saw earlier today is part of a bigger initiative from Google, which the company just announced a few moments ago.
In a blog post, Google explained that from this week on, it will push out monthly security-focused over-the-air updates to Nexus devices, in addition to regular platform updates. These fixes will also be released to the public through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The company explains:
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.
In addition, Google says the Nexus 4, 7, 9, 10 and Player are all receiving the Stagefright patch sometime today, as well.
Thanks to Google’s current security measures, fewer than .15% of all Android devices that solely install apps from Google Play have a potentially harmful app installed. Obviously this is great news for Nexus owners, as this new monthly update initiative will provide more security to users than ever before.