Earlier today, Huawei announced that they will be introducing software updates every two months for many of their smartphones. These updates will include not only new features and bug fixes, but the latest security patches as well. The company has previously been criticised for its lack of updates, with security patches often taking months to reach their devices as well. Bi-monthly updates have been promised for the following devices.
The company has announced that the first software updates will arrive before the end of July for the above handsets. It should include not only the latest security patches but a face unlock feature too, to complement the already available security features. It will also be completely configurable so that you can still have to swipe on the screen to trigger the face scanning if you want. This would then allow you to check the time and your notifications without unlocking your device. They aren’t the only ones introducing face unlock through updates, with Nokia recently announcing that a number of their devices would get it too.
Larking Huang, Managing Director of the company’s Australia Consumer Business Group made a statement to AusDroid providing information about the upcoming face unlock feature.
Huawei is committed to improving our new and existing customers’ experiences. We hope our customers will continue to find great enjoyment from using their Huawei smartphones. Face Unlock is a feature that has been, until now, limited to premium smartphones. Huawei is proud to be able to bring this feature to a wider, more accessible range of smartphones. We are a leading innovator in smartphone technology and we will continue to provide Australian users with cutting edge products, which complement their needs and lifestyle – without having to break the bank. This firmware update ensures the majority of our phones released over the past two years, beyond our 2018 smartphone releases, feature Face Unlock capabilities.
While it’s great that the company is starting to pay attention to its flaws in security, they aren’t the only ones committing to releasing more security patches. OnePlus announced earlier today that they will be doing the exact same as well with security patches, and other companies have been keeping up to date with theirs for a long time now. It’s certainly a step in the right direction, and we’ll have to see how well they stick to it.