After years of smartphone manufacturers being left to take their time when it comes to rolling out important Android security updates, Google is finally planning on taking charge. This week, Android O was announced and rather than leaving smartphone manufacturers to figure things out on their own, Google is planning on working closely with the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and more to ensure swifter updates.
Speaking with TechCrunch this week, Google mentioned that it has begun working closely with manufacturers and has managed to get wait times for security updates down from nine weeks to just a matter of days. This means that going forward, you won’t be left vulnerable for several months while those with Pixel or Nexus smartphones are perfectly safe.
Google added that it will also begin sharing its data on update speed for its own devices with carriers and phone makers as it provides more visibility. This is all information that was previously unavailable, so manufacturers knew update rates for low but thought someone else was to blame. Providing this additional information means smartphone makers aren’t caught off guard when Google issues a new update and they can get the ball rolling faster.
KitGuru Says: Unfortunately, these faster updates only apply to security patches but hopefully this closer relationship with Google will also lead to faster Android upgrades too as right now, many flagship device owners are often left waiting months for the next version of Android.