Android isn't known to be the most secure mobile operating system going around, but both Google and Samsung are looking to change that by offering monthly security updates for their smartphones and tablets.
Google has launched their monthly security update program today, releasing a patch for most current Nexus devices that fixes the Stagefright vulnerability. Stagefright has been labeled one of the worst Android vulnerabilities of all time, and could see a user's device infected with malware through a simple video file.
Luckily for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (first and second gen), Nexus 9, Nexus 10 and Nexus Player owners, you won't have to worry about Stagefright as a security update is now available for your device. The aforementioned devices are also all eligible for Google's monthly security updates going forward, which the company says will be issued in addition to regular platform updates, and will typically include bug fixes as well.
Google plans on issuing these monthly patches for Nexus devices for "the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store." Major software updates will be delivered to these devices for at least two years after launch.
Samsung will also be issuing monthly security updates to their devices, although the company hasn't released details of what this update program will entail. There are still a few issues to be sorted out with carriers before this new security update approach can be finalized, with Samsung hoping to release details about specific models and timelines "soon".
Getting updates pushed to Android devices without the approval of carriers has historically been quite a challenge for most companies, but hopefully Samsung can overcome these difficulties as releasing regular security updates is a hugely important part of keeping device owners safe.