Stagefright has every manufacturer and carrier going nuts lately. We took some good time to talk about it during our latest podcast, so you should listen in if you would like to spend some time with us and learn all there is to this issue. In short: Stagefright is a vulnerability that left 95% of Android devices weak against hackers, who could take control of handsets by simply sending an MMS message.
Google, Samsung, Motorola, LG and many others are getting ready to kill Stagefright with patches. There are some ways you can protect yourself until your own fix comes around, but starting today Nexus users will no longer have to worry about the Stagefright pandemonium. All factory images for the patch were released last week, and today Nexus phones and tablets are beginning to get their respective updates.
As you can expect, this update will only patch the Stagefright vulnerability. There will be no other fixes, features or performance improvements. This is all about keeping you safe from those evil attackers!
My Nexus 6 has just received the update, but all other relevant devices are invited to the party, as well. Updates are also hitting the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus 10. Of course, a few of you will be left out, as Google has stopped supporting older Nexus products. The Galaxy Nexus, older Nexus 7 and some others are left out of the equation. It’s sad, but it’s also something to be expected.
Have you gotten your update yet? Let us know if it all went smooth. As for the rest of you – don’t worry. All main manufacturers and carriers are working hard to keep you on the safe side.