Google to roll out security-focused updates to Nexus devices on a monthly basis

by: Jimmy WestenbergAugust 5, 2015

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.

Nexus in video

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.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Samsung plans to do the same. So it’s not just a Nexus thing.

    • galaxyNote4isBoss

      And with the way Google does updates you never know what you are getting.

      they never fix shit they only make things worse especially from a operating systems standpoint.

      • Bob Marley

        So just wait before hitting the update button. Apple’s iOS released are equally buggy. At least Google lets you downgrade if you want.

      • squiddy20

        1. As if nothing ever goes wrong when Samsung updates their devices. Oh wait:
        2. Google provides the changelog on the web and right before you actually download the update, just like every other manufacturer. If you’re too lazy/ignorant to read it or search for it by typing “Android [version number] changelog” in any internet search provider, then that’s on you.
        3. It’s one OS. The fact that you made it plural tells me you have no clue what you’re talking about.

      • Cool

        You do realize that Samsung cherry picks probably hundreds of fixes and security patches that Google has made in the code for their own devices right? Your comments show how little you know about how these things work..

        Perhaps it would be best for you to keep your mouth shut. All you’re doing is tipping your hand as to how ignorant you really are.

      • Duality

        And Samsung does such a good job with their operating system. I don’t blame you for buying a new phone every year. They force you to buy one because they turn into laggy bricks by the second update. lol

      • S6andNote4AreNotBoss

        That didn’t make too much sense there Richard.

  • John Doe

    Ya .. Nexus!!

  • Long Island NOOBIE

    Will these updates work on “modified” devices? LolliPOP firmware detects rooted devices and prevents updates from installing unless it is stock.