Google has just announced that it will improve security of Nexus Android devices by monthly security updates, as well as a 2 to 3 year guarantee to provide updates.
Nexus devices to get monthly security updates
The first security update is available today for Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and the Nexus Player. In the US, Sprint will issue updates to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Samsung devices to fix the so-called Stagefright security exploit.
The first update for Nexus machines today does the same via an over-the-air update and is also available to other companies via the Android Open Source Project. In the past, Google only provided monthly notifications to other manufacturers about security issues, but it wasn’t committed to a fixed schedule to issue updates to its own line of devices.
Besides the new monthly updates, Google says that for Nexus devices, it’s providing a 2-3 year guarantee to update them in future. That means two years for major updates and three years for security updates:
“Nexus devices will continue to receive major updates for at least two years and security patches for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store”.
Google said in its announcement that its new approach to security on Android has helped it achieve less than 0.15% of devices with a potentially harmful app installed, as long as the apps were installed from Google Play.