Google will require Android manufacturers to push out regular security patches

Google will be requiring Android smartphone manufacturers to roll out frequent security updates. In recent times the search giant has pushed towards increased security within the Android ecosystem, with it currently pushing out security patches on a monthly basis. However, many smartphone manufacturers choose to skip these entirely. In a bid to change this, Google has confirmed that it will now begin requiring “regular” security patches from Android manufacturers.

Speaking at the annual Google I/O event, the Silicon Valley-based company confirmed that it has updated its agreements with …

Sony Mobile claims Xperia Z5 family won't receive Meltdown and Spectre patches

If you happen to own and use an Xperia Z5 series smartphones, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear Sony Mobile won’t provide a patch for the most recent Android exploits: Meltdown and Spectre.

Although many smartphone companies have already patched their flagships, Sony Mobile has a completely different approach (if any). In a reply to an Xperia Z5 Premium owner, a Sony Mobile rep said that the smartphone won’t get a security update to patch Meltdown and Spectre exploits.

The Xperia Z5 Premium will not get a security patch update for ‘Spectre’ and Meltdown’ but you can still protect …

OnePlus 5's new OxygenOS 4.5.14 update adds security patches, optimizations

Although everyone is talking about the upcoming OnePlus 5T, the Chinese company continues to work hard to improve the Android experience of its customers. The OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship of the smartphone brand, at least until the 5T gets released, and one that’s been more popular than OnePlus thought it would be.

That should be one of the reasons the OnePlus keeps delivering software updates that add new features, improve existing ones or simply fix some things that didn’t work as intended.

The latest OxygenOS 4.5.14 update has one important task: to …

Essential Phone receiving another update that improves touch scrolling, adds security patches

The Essential Phone is getting another update, smaller than the previous one, which brings a couple of improvements and some security patches. The firmware version NMJ20D weighs in at 74MB, so this isn’t a large download at all.

The changelog mentions a security patch for KRACK WPA2 vulnerability, as well as the October security update that’s been released by Google earlier this month.

As far as the smartphone’s software is concerned, Essential says the update should improve touch scrolling. Also, the update is supposed to improve the performance of the …

OnePlus 3 and 3T beta update patches the BlueBorne vulnerability, adds new screen calibration

OnePlus has just announced a new software update is available for its last year flagships, the OnePlus 3 and 3T, but only in the open beta channel. Even so, it shouldn’t take the Chinese company more than a week to make it available to everyone owning one of the two smartphones.

The most important change is the patching of the BlueBorne vulnerability. A security issue that was discovered last week, BlueBorne makes all devices with Bluetooth (except those using Bluetooth Low Energy only) vulnerable for takeover from as far as 32 feet away.

Basically, a person can take over your Android …

LG G6 on Verizon getting its first update with April's security patches for Android

The Verizon LG G6 is receiving an update that contains several improvements, in addition to April’s Android security patches. The handset is still on Android 7.0, but the update weighs in at 473MB.

Verizon’s change log only includes instructions on how to protect the SIM card tray from water damage, and a new notification for the charging port letting you know the LG G6 won’t charge if moisture is detected in the charging port or USB cable. There’s got to be something else going on with the update, but this is all we know.

To get the latest software, …