Google to make smartphone makers to roll out monthly security updates

- Adrian Ungureanu

The biggest problem that Android had from the very beginning, compared to Apple’s iOS, was the fragmentation caused by the multitude of manufacturers who chose their operating system.

Apple has been able to keep under control the way it rolls out updates for its operating system, but that thanks to the fact that it is the only one making iOS devices, but as in the case of Android, almost every manufacturer is making its own tweaks into the operating system, thus making very difficult for Google to send updates. Sometimes its impossible. In fact, the OEMs are the ones sending the update packs.

In addition, there is the problem of the different configurations and components used on Android devices. But from Android 8.0 Oreo things have begun to change a bit by introducing Project Treble.

It allows Google to send update packages to its operating system without affecting the software components installed by the smartphone and tablet manufacturers. But there are still not many devices currently supporting Project Treble.

With Android 9.0 P, things will change even more, and one of the company’s official has confirmed in their annual conference, Google I/O, that manufacturers will have to send security updates monthly.

David Kleidermacher, head of Android Security, said that Google also worked on building security patching into their OEM agreements. “Now this will really lead to a massive increase in the number of devices and users receiving regular security patches”, said Keidermacher.

Obviously, there will still be some issues with the smaller manufacturers. At the same time, we still do not know what will happen with the modified versions, the customized ROMs, which Google does not appreciate. In fact, Google even blocks those who have modified Android versions and who do not have certification. Android is free, but Google has some rules for an Android version to be certified. If not approved those device can be blocked from accessing the most important Google services, including access to the Play Store.

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