Report: Some Android phones are given credit for security patch updates they never received

A security outfit located in German says that some Android phone manufacturers are pulling the wool over their customers’ eyes. Researchers working for Security Research Labs (SRL) discovered that companies like Google, HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, ZTE, TCL and others are skipping over some Android security patch updates even though the phones show that they were installed.

SRL checked out the firmware on 1,200 Android handsets and looked for every patch disseminated in 2017. The results were interesting. Outside of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2, the tests revealed that even high-end …

Essential Phone getting new Android 8.1 Oreo update with April security patch

The Essential Phone got the promised Android 8.1 Oreo update last month, but the US company behind the unique handset is now pushing out yet another build of the OS. The new update promised to add some security improvements, as well as other bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements.

First off, the new Android 8.1.0 Oreo build (141) brings the April security patch, the update that’s been released by Google. But that’s not all that Essential Phone owners get in this update.

Some modem stability fixes have been implemented too, along with Bluetooth 5.0 certification and improved performance …

Samsung is the first company to release the April security patch

Google is usually the first to release a new security patch each month, but sometimes it happens that another smartphone maker gets to launch it first. While this might seem unusual, it’s 100% possible since Google sends these monthly security patches one month early so that smartphone makers can add their own changes.

It happens that the April security patch is now rolling out to a particular Samsung smartphone that’s that’s been released less than a year ago, the Galaxy J3 (2017). For whatever reasons, Samsung picked this entry-level smartphone to be the first device to receive the April …

LG V30 is getting Android 8.0 Oreo with March security patch at Sprint

It appears that Sprint is the second US carrier to provide LG V30 owners with an Android 8.0 Oreo update. After Verizon pushed the update to its LG V30 units, Sprint is reportedly making the same move.

If you’re looking for a confirmation from the carrier, you won’t find it since Sprint has yet to publish the official changelog or update the LG V30’s support page. However, some customers who received Android 8.0 Oreo say the update weighs in at 1.7GB.

Moreover, it includes the March security patch, the latest update released by Google early this month. Since Sprint has just kicked …

Verizon rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo for LG V30, February security patch comes to the LG G6

Remember that T-Mobile confirmed earlier this week plans to update several LG smartphones to Android Oreo? It appears that Verizon is releasing its own Oreo updates as well, just not to all LG phones at once.

The good news is if you own an LG V30 that you bought through Verizon, you can expect to receive an Android 8.0 Oreo update very soon. Although the carrier has yet to announce it on the phone’s webpage, many users confirmed they have received the update on their LG V30 smartphones.

Make sure you have enough free storage since the file weighs in at 1.7GB, so it’s a fairly sizable …

The first Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ updates bring March security patch

It had to happen and it’s great that it happens sooner rather than later. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ haven’t been released on the market yet, but some customers may have already received their pre-ordered units.

In some countries, Samsung confirmed it will ship the Galaxy S9 and S9+ one week earlier than the market release, which is set for March 16. If you are one of the lucky persons who got his/her phone before they are supposed to hit the shelves, then you’ll also receive an update.

It’s the first update that comes to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ and while it doesn’t bring any new features, …

Samsung is rolling out the February security patch to the Galaxy J5 / J7 (2017)

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

Samsung is rolling out the February security patch for its Galaxy J5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017) devices. The smartphones follow the already updated Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 and Galaxy A5 (2017) to be of the first receiving the fixes.

The Korean company rolls out security improvements every other month, tackling numerous security based issues. February’s patch includes all the changes from the Android Security Bulletin, fixing six crucial vulnerabilities …

Essential Phone is among the first to receive the February security patch

Google released the February security patch yesterday, so supported Nexus and Pixel devices were the first to receive the update. Today, Essential announced its smartphone is getting a similar security update right now.

The software update is known as build NMK24B and, according to Essential, is being rolled out in OTA (over the air) as we speak. Despite the fact that Essential has been delaying the release of Android Oreo for weeks, the US company is keeping its customers up to date with the latest security improvements.

In case you missed it, Essential Phone won’t be getting an …

Verizon updates Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with bokeh camera effect, security patch

Major carrier Verizon has just released a changelog for a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 update. Although it doesn’t bring too many new features, the update is supposed to address some important security and software issues.

First off, Verizon notes the update delivers the January security patch, which includes fixes for the dreaded Meltdown and Spectre exploits. Aside from that, the update is meant to address an issue that froze the screen during incoming calls.

Some force close bugs that appeared when unlocking the device or when the user tried to change the method of locking the device …

Android 8.1 factory images with January security patch now available for these stock Android models

Factory images are useful for those who don’t have any patience and won’t wait for an OTA update to hit their handset. It also helps those who are customizing their device get back to the latest Android build, just in case they screw up. New Android 8.1 factory images for three carrier specific stock Android devices are now available, and come three weeks after Google first disseminated the January 2018 security patch with an update. In addition to the factory images, these particular models will also receive the update OTA.

Let’s end the suspense. The following handsets now have an Android …