Google new security policy will require OEMs to regularly release security patches for Android devices

Google is rolling out new changes to its security policy which will effectively require original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to regularly release security patches for Android devices.

The Google logo. Reuters

The Google logo. Reuters

Most OEMs push out updates to some extent, mainly to help users have a sense of security on their device.

However, the updates are still totally optional in the long run, 9to5Google reported on 11 May.

"We've worked on building security patching into our OEM agreement. This will lead to a massive increase in the number of devices, and users, receiving regular security patches," the report quoted David Kleidermacher, Head, Android platform security, Google, as saying.

The announcement, that was made during a talk at the recently held Google's annual I/O developer conference, did not specify what Google will specifically require with this change.

"Project Treble" that is Google's plan to help manufacturers streamline the update process will reportedly play a vital role in this process.

Updated Date: May 13, 2018 11:47 AM