Since the story first broke that Android had a decent vulnerability that takes advantage of an Android framework known as Stagefright to allow for remote code execution, there has been quite a stir on the world-wide web and a push for more security updates. Needless to say, the Internet and everyone there within lost their collective minds, grabbing pitchforks and threatening to move to different app ecosystems.
While such a vulnerability can strike fear in the heart of the uninformed, the patchwork has been in the works. In fact, there are a number of OEMs and app developers working hard at fixing the hole in their devices and apps. Google is no different as the search giant is using this as an opportunity to announce that it will be pushing out monthly security updates to Nexus devices starting today.
That’s right, if you’re the proud owner of a Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 or the Nexus Player, you should be receiving a notification that the phone needs to be updated. But wait, there’s more. Google is not only rolling out an update today, and monthly here on out, but Google will also be supporting security updates on its devices for three years, more than enough time between update cycles and two year contracts for those who still go that route. But the company isn’t stopping there.
Instead of 18 months worth of support for major OS releases, Google will be supporting major updates on devices for two years. Google is also pushing the libStageFright fixes to the Android Open Source Project. So those of you who root and ROM your devices, you’ll be happy to know that your favorite ROMs will soon carry the patch.
So if you’re a proud owner of any of the more recent Nexus devices — sorry Galaxy Nexus owners — your devices are becoming even more secure and they will continue to do so for years to come.
Are you a Nexus owner? Have you received the update yet? Let us know in the comments below or on any of our social media networks.Source: Google