August 5 has been a busy day for security updates. Earlier in the day, AT&T, Sprint and Alcatel confirmed their own plans for patching up several different devices that could fall victim to the Stagefright exploit. Then it was announced that the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 will be getting their own software updates for the same issue.
Now Google has officially announced that its Nexus program will begin receiving monthly updates specifically built for security in an attempt to make sure that the devices are safe and secure on a regular basis. Google, while updating its devices directly as usual, will also be notifying its manufacturing partners of the updates as they happen too.
Google, for its part, noted in its official announcement that Nexus devices already received regular and security-focused updates much faster than other Android-based devices, but this new program will ensure that they receive these types of updates even faster:
“Nexus devices have always been among the first Android devices to receive platform and security updates. From this week on, Nexus devices will receive regular OTA updates each month focused on security, in addition to the usual platform updates.”
With this new program, previous programs won’t disappear. Specifically, Google will still be supporting Nexus devices with platform upgrades for up to 2 years, and security patches will still be issued to devices for up to 3 years.
Just recently, Samsung announced its own plans for monthly security updates to its devices.