Galaxy S8+ April security update released in Europe, facial recognition feature gets an upgrade

Samsung is in the process of rolling out its first Galaxy S8+ update in Europe. The new OTA includes Google’s April monthly security update, which consists of fixes for 49 CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) found on Android and a patch for 16 issues which are specific to Samsung’s Galaxy devices. 
SamMobile obtained the entire changelog in Dutch, and the translated information suggests that the new update also brings improvements to the algorithms of the facial recognition feature on the S8+.  
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Google mistakenly releases confidential test build of next Android security update to Pixel XL

There appears to be no end in sight for Google’s update blunders. After recently releasing the fingerprint sensor-breaking Android 7.1.2 update and multiple other buggy patches in the last few months, the tech giant now somehow managed to accidentally push a “confidential Googlers-only OTA” to a number of Pixel XL handsets.

Android Police reports that some Pixel XL owners received a “Dogfood” test build of the planned security patch for May 2017. The OTA notification specifically reads that this is a “CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY” update which Google employees are …

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.

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BlackBerry is the first non-Google OEM to push April security patch

While companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei or Motorola are pushing March security updates to its Android smartphones, BlackBerry has already started to roll out April security patch.

Considering the update has just been made available by Google for its Nexus and Pixel devices, alongside Android 7.1.2 Nougat, it looks like a great achievement on BlackBerry’s part.

However, it’s not the first time that it happens because BlackBerry has much fewer Android smartphones that must receive security updates on a monthly basis.

Besides starting to push the update …

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge get March security updates, Nougat still no-no

We have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the good news! True to its promise of monthly security updates for unlocked smartphones in the US, Samsung is updating the unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the latest security patches from March. Yes, they were ready by March 1, and the update was only listed March 27, but still – B+ for effort!

Samsung – putting the ‘No’ in ‘Nougat’Now here’s the bad news. Yep, you probably expected it. The unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are still on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. All this time, they never saw a glimpse of Nougat, while carrier versions …

Google's latest security report reveals 2016's most patched Android smartphones

Android as a platform hasn’t historically been known for its security – quite the opposite, in fact: there’s been tons of reports of malware infecting the operating system, and even Google’s own Play Store. But the company has stated its intent to combat the problem many times, and this has led to implementing several measures to that effect, such as the now-standard monthly security updates. Today, Google has released its yearly security report for the platform, highlighting what it did to fight the problem of Android malware throughout 2016.

First of all, with …

Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will receive monthly security updates

Nokia’s 2017 line-up of Android smartphones (including the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3) will be released in the coming months in various markets around the globe. All three new handsets run stock Android 7 Nougat out of the box, and, as previously announced, they’re going to receive regular software updates. Now, Nokia Mobile went further to confirm that the phones will also get “monthly” security updates. This way, the handsets should be as secure (software-wise) as Google’s Pixel and Nexus phones, Samsung’s Galaxies, and all the other devices that are getting monthly …

Samsung shifts to monthly security updates schedule for unlocked smartphones in the U.S.

It’s common knowledge that unlocked smartphones get updated much faster than carrier-branded units since there’s no need for additional approval from network operators. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned sometimes and unlocked phones receive updates slower than expected.

That’s exactly what happens in the United States where carrier-branded Samsung smartphones seem to be getting security updates on a monthly basis, whereas unlocked units receive these important patches on a quarterly basis.

Many fans have written to Samsung in the hopes of getting …

March security update for Nexus 6 pulled due to Android Pay issue

The March security update for the Nexus 6 has been pulled by Google. Apparently, those who installed the update found that it breaks SafetyNet, which in turn breaks Android Pay. SafetyNet is an API that checks your phone to see if it has been tampered with. For example, it looks for unlocked bootloaders. the flashing of custom ROMs and other things that make a handset less secure. As a result, it prevents apps that require a secure device, like Android Pay, from working.

As a result, you won’t find the March security update among the Nexus Factory Images or Nexus OTA web pages. After all, …

Nest is supposedly developing a brand new security system and more affordable thermostat

Our smartphones are incredible tools. They allow us to communicate with friends and family members, capture memories with high-quality cameras, play endless hours of video games, and control our entire house or apartment through home automation tech. Nest made the idea of a smart home cool in 2011 when it released its first Learning Thermostat, and since then, we’ve seen a surge in products that help you control various aspects of your home life.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, it would appear that Nest is looking to kick out some new hardware in the near future. There’s …