Samsung tries to stop Android fragmentation

ANDROIDGoogle has been pushing out security patches for its Android software but the phone companies cannot be bothered rolling them out fast enough. Now it seems that Samsung has learnt its lesson.

Recently Samsung fast tracked security updates to its Galaxy devices in response to the recent Android “Stagefright” vulnerabilities uncovered late last month by security firm Zimperium.

Now it has said that it soon will implement a new Android security update process that fast tracks mobile security patches over the air when security vulnerabilities are uncovered.

The security updates for the popular Android mobile OS will take place regularly about once per month to Galaxy devices, the company said.

Samsung said that it was clear that there was time sensitivity in addressing major vulnerabilities.

Dong Jin Koh, EVP of Mobile Research and Development at Samsung Electronics, said that the recent security issues have caused a rethink about getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner.

“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. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will aim to provide the best mobile experience possible for our users.”

This is a turnaround in an attitude which has fragmented Android completely and forced users to suffer security vulnerabilities.

Samsung said that it is currently discussing the new approach to addressing security flaws with carriers around the world, noting that more details about the specific models and timelines will be released soon.

Google said that it has started a new Android monthly security update process for its Nexus devices.