Last May, it was announced that Google would soon need regular security patches for Android devices in the hope of better protecting the ecosystem.
Today, The edge have a copy of Google's current contract, which contains all previously unknown details. In the future, Android manufacturers will have to provide at least four updates in the first year of release, which will be at least one update every three months and one unspecified number at the second year.
At the end of each calendar month, any security vulnerabilities discovered more than 90 days ago must be corrected. The same rule applies to newly published devices, regardless of their announcement date.
The latter agreement applies to smartphones launched after January 31, 2018. All are not subject to the contract. Instead, Google focuses on popular devices and requires manufacturers to regularly update smartphones that are activated by 100,000 or more users.
As of 31 July 2018, these hotfix requirements were applied to 75% of the "mandatory security templates", but as of 31 January 2019, the rules apply to all.
If manufacturers do not adhere to the latest rules, Google reserves the right not to allow future phones. As a result, companies may not be able to launch Android smartphones on the market.
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