Google Not Providing Security Updates to Older Browsers
Google is no longer plugging security holes in older versions of Android, according to the Wall Street Journal. Google quietly implemented the policy change in late 2014. When told of a flaw impacting the internet browser on some older phones, Google told a security researcher, "We generally do not develop the patches ourselves but do notify partners of the issue." The policy affects the standard browser in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (released mid-2013) and earlier. Google is providing security updates to the browsers in Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Journal points out that approximately two-thirds of the billion Android devices still in active use run Android 4.3 or older, so the policy change leaves an enormous number of handsets unprotected as holes are discovered. One way around the issue is to download and use Google's Chrome browser, which Google updates regularly, or use other third-party browsers such as Opera, Firefox, or Dolphin.
Google Reveals When Nexus Phones Will Cease Receiving Android Updates
Google revised its Nexus support page and provided more information on how long Nexus-branded phones will receive future software updates. Google says Nexus devices will get Android version updates (Lollipop, Marshmallow, etc.) for at least two years from when the device became available on the Google Store.
Google Details March Security Update for Android
Google today provided some information about its March 2017 security patches for Android devices. The patches plug a significant number of security holes that threaten all Android devices.
Google Drops August Security Patches for Android
Google today made its monthly security patches available to select Android devices. This month's patches plug a significant number of security holes that threaten most Android devices.
Google Pixel and Nexus Devices Gain November Security Patch
Google today made its monthly security update available to its branded Android devices. November's patch plugs a handful of security holes that threaten Android devices.