Android security updates sometimes create a lot of issues, even though Google rolls them out in a timely manner for its Android platform. Yet the Android system is vulnerable to numerous hacking attacks. The reason for this vulnerability being most of the manufacturers do not deliver the security patches regularly and in a timely manner to the customers.
Google at its I/O Developer Conference May 2018 has come up with a plan to deal with this issue. Google will update its OEM agreements that will require a; Android device manufacturers to release the latest Android security updates regularly.
The Verge has published part of a leaked unverified copy between Google and the OEM. It contains terms of the agreement that the device manufacturers will have to comply with or they will lose the Google certification for upcoming Android devices.
Latest Google Terms for Android Security Updates
The latest leaked copy of the contract suggests, Android OEM will now regularly roll out Android security updates for popular devices. Generall,y this includes device launched after January 31st, 2018 and is used by more than 100,000 users for at least two years.
It will be compulsory for all Android device makers to release at least four Android security updates in the first year following a smartphones launch. There is not clarity on how many updates will be available for the second year.
Along with this the contract also requires the manufacturer to release the patch updates on time for security vulnerabilities for more than 90 days.
From the details mentioned it means the minimum requirement of the contract suggests a security patch update every quarter.
Google spokesperson said – “A minimum security hygiene requirement for the majority of the deployed devices for over 200 different Android models from over 30 Android device manufacturers are running a security update from the last 90 days.”
It is still early as the new Android partner contract is not verified, though the new changes made by Google will certainly have a major impact on the overall state of Android security. If the contract will benefit millions of Android users.