Google Has Good News For Android Users

NEW DELHI: Internet search giant Google has reportedly commissioned all popular smartphones and tablets to get two years of Android security updates.

According to a report by The Verge, confidential Google contracts "Show that many manufacturers now have an explicit obligation to keep their cell phones up to date in their contract with Google."

The contract shows that Google's Android partners indicate they need to provide "at least four security updates" in the first year of the device launch. Also in the second year, security updates are required, but no minimum number of versions.

The terms of the agreement apply to any device that started after January 31, 2018 and has been activated by more than 100,000 users.

As of 31 July 2018, 75% of the manufacturer's "mandatory security templates" were applied to patches. Effective January 31, 2019, Google will request all mandatory security devices to receive these updates.

According to The Verge, "If manufacturers do not keep their devices up-to-date, Google says it may refuse to approve any future phones that may prevent their release."

A Google spokesperson has not confirmed whether the advertised contract is valid for devices that are available in global markets. The spokesman said that the 90-day patches a "Minimum Safe Hygiene Requirement," adding that "most of the devices that have been deployed to more than 200 different Android models from more than 30 Android device manufacturers have run a security update for the past 90 days."

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