LAS VEGAS–Google is changing the way that it updates its Nexus Android phones and will now send out monthly over-the-air updates to users. The first update is being pushed out today, and the company said that other Android handset manufacturers are planning to follow suit and provide monthly updates to carriers.
The moves are a welcome change for Android users who are at the mercy of carriers for patches and other software updates. Individual carriers are responsible for sending out their own Android patches, and security researchers have been critical of the carriers in the past for being slow to do so–or for not patching at all. The change from Google, LG, and Samsung comes a week after the disclosure of a serious vulnerability in Stagefright, a component of Android that handles media playback.