Security is a big deal nowadays. Google offers monthly security patches and Samsung is doing the same same thing, too. Not to be left behind, LG is now offering security bulletins starting with Google’s may update. On LG’s site, everyone now has the ability to see all of the vulnerabilities affecting their devices, as well as a link to Google’s own bulletin. They are also grouped by severity, which is a nice touch. Ever since the Stagefright scare last year, Google is really taking security more seriously, and other companies are starting to follow.
There’s still another problem: carriers. It is great that LG and Samsung are making the effort to keep their phones up to date with the latest patches Google releases, but with the carriers having to check every patch that comes through, it could take all month to get the update. Maybe even longer in some cases. And of course, there are tons of models of smartphones from tons of different OEMs across all carriers, so carriers certainly have their work cut out for them every month.
Manufacturers have promised us updates before, but have failed to deliver. While it may be possible to install a custom ROM or the like, official updates usually drop off sooner than we’d like. So only time will tell if manufacturers keep their promise to do monthly security patches and whether or not they will continue to update “old” phones once the new models are released.
It is good to see LG joining the fight on security threats, though, and hopefully other manufacturers will follow suit and join in. Do you think LG will keep their promise? Let us know in the comments!