Security is certainly the buzzword around the mobile industry right now. ‘Stagefright’ still isn’t put to bed, and the amount of security concern among smartphone users has led some manufacturers to agree to keep up with Google’s monthly security patches. Samsung is demonstrating transparency in this endeavor by adding a security patch information panel to the settings of Lollipop devices, letting users see when the last patch was applied.
The new information, sighted by Android Central, can be found in Settings > About Phone. It looks like the security patch module has so far only been found on Galaxy S6 Edge+ devices in Europe with the build G928FXXS2AOK9, and Galaxy Note 5’s in the Middle East with the build N920CXXU2AOK6. We expect, however, for Samsung to roll this out to all of its devices currently receiving Lollipop firmware updates.
There is currently only speculation regarding the reason behind this new addition. Clearly, it’s useful to be able to keep tabs of your phone’s security updates, and maybe Samsung really wants to demonstrate to users that the company is willing to go the extra mile to increase security and transparency. Some, however, are theorizing that Google may have insisted that manufacturers start providing this information.
Although it’s possible to check your security patch information in Android Marshmallow, there are currently far more Lollipop users in the market. If this capability becomes a trend, this could be a very positive thing for Lollipop users concerned about the security of their devices.
What do you think of Samsung’s security patch information display? Will this affect your usage of your device? Let us know in the comments!