Google Has Good News For Android Users

NEW DELHI: The internet search giant Google has reportedly given all the most popular smartphones and tablets the mandate to get two years of security updates for Android.

According to a report from The Verge, Google's confidential contracts "Show that many manufacturers now have the explicit obligation to keep their phones up-to-date in their contract with Google."

The contract shows that Google's Android partners specify that they must provide "at least four security updates" during the first year after the device launch. Security updates are also required in the second year, but not a minimum number of versions.

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

As of July 31, 2018, 75% of mandatory security templates & # 39; from the manufacturer applied to patches. As of January 31, 2019, Google will require all mandatory security devices to receive these updates.

According to The Verge: "If the manufacturers do not keep their devices up-to-date, Google says it could refuse the approval of future phones, which could prevent their release."

A Google spokesperson has not confirmed whether the advertised contract would be valid for devices that are available on global markets. The spokesman said the 90-day patches were one "Minimum Safe Hygiene Requirements" and added that "Most devices deployed for more than 200 different Android models from more than 30 Android device manufacturers had a security update over the past 90 days."

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