LG is planning to issue monthly security bulletins to its Android devices, following similar announcements from Samsung and Google, as the security of the platform finally gets the attention it needs.
Wired reported that LG confirmed the plans in an email, after Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android Security, had revealed their intentions during a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
“LG will be providing security updates on a monthly basis which carriers will then be able to make available to customers immediately," the firm said
V3 contacted LG to confirm the statement but had received no confirmation at publication.
The move follows Google and Samsung which pledged to fast track monthly Android security updates following the discovery of a major security vulnerability dubbed StageFright that left up to 95 percent of all Android devices at risk.
Google announced plans to start rolling out monthly security updates to the Nexus range (5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and Nexus Player) to address concerns raised by Stagefright. The fixes will be released to the public at the same time via the Android Open Source Project.
Nexus devices will continue to receive major security updates for "at least two years" and security patches for roughly three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store.
Google stressed that monthly updates will offer customers protection against future security vulnerabilities.
"Security continues to be a top priority and monthly device updates are yet another tool to make and keep Android users safe," said Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android Security in the blog.
Meanwhile, Samsung has upped its efforts to reduce security concerns with a new monthly security update process that will fast track patches "over the air" when vulnerabilities are uncovered.
Samsung recently fast tracked security updates to Galaxy devices after the Android Stagefright flaw was uncovered.
Dong Jin Koh, executive vice president and head of mobile research and development at Samsung, said that the firm is "rethinking the approach to getting security updates" to devices.
"Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected," he said.
"We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will provide the best mobile experience possible for our users."
Security expert Graham Cluley said it was about time that a more active rollout schedule for Android security fixes was created given how many flaws there are in the platform. He urged other manufacturers to create similar plans.
"For too long many Android users have been treated appallingly, left to fend for themselves with no access to security patches to protect their smartphones and personal data," he said.
"Let’s hope that this new momentum to keep users updated shows some real results, and helps defend Android users against increasingly hostile attacks."
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