That Android Stagefright security vulnerability definitely got Android users worried about their devices. Who wouldn’t since it’s already a big issue that even made Samsung implement new security update process while Google’s very own Android team immediately released a security update for Stagefright. After Google admitted that there is indeed a security issue, some of the biggest Android makers have started to take action by announcing they will be releasing regular security updates.
Monthly over-the-air updates should be expected from big names like Samsung and Google as we mentioned last week and now we learn LG is also working on one. As one of the biggest Android security concerns today, this is something the whole Android community must focus on. Good thing Google and Android device makers are working hard to make sure that security patches will be ready.
LG will release monthly updates but not directly to the customers. Mobile carriers will still be the ones to release them to device owners. In an email interview with WIRED, LG said they “will be providing security updates on a monthly basis which carriers will then be able to make available to customers immediately. We believe these important steps will demonstrate to LG customers that security is our highest priority”.
As for the other South Korean giant, we already know that Samsung will implement a new update process once a month. Samsung hopes to “fast track the security patches over the air when security vulnerabilities are uncovered”. Meanwhile, Google will release regular security updates to Nexus devices over-the-air. Build code LMY48I will soon be ready for the following Nexus models: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (WiFi-2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus 10. The first update should also be available on the official download page for factory images.
Other Android device manufacturers have also expressed their intention to release Stagefright patches to their customers. Android One, Sony, and HTC security updates should be ready anytime soon so watch out for them.