Google to Require Android OEMs to Release Regular Security Updates

As data security becomes a bigger concern for average smartphone users, the industry’s main players are stepping up efforts to maintain a high level of security for their customers.

In Google’s annual developer conference, the tech giant announced that it will be requiring the manufacturers of Android phones to release security patches on a regular basis.

“When you have billions of users, it’s a large target,” remarks David Kleidermacher, who leads global security at Google. “And so it deserves the strongest possible defense.”

“ We’ve also worked on building security patching into our OEM agreements,” he adds. “Now, this will really lead to a massive increase in the number of devices and users receiving regular security patches.”

Historically, Android device manufacturers have been slow to release updates and patches on their own. With this requirement from Google, however, users are expected to see a greater initiative from OEMs.

More than a dozen manufacturers create devices for the Android platform, most notably Samsung, LG, ASUS, HTC, Huawei, Vivo, Oppo, and many others.

Details on how frequent the updates will be and what functions they serve exactly were not stated. However, the timing of the announcement does seem to coincide with Google’s other announcements on improving its privacy policy and privacy controls.

These announcements are viewed as steps towards giving users greater peace of mind in a post-Cambridge Analytica world. These moves are also in compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations which come into effect during the last week of the month.

Via: 9to5Google