NEW DELHI: The Internet search giant, Google, has reportedly given all the most popular smartphones and tablets the mandate to get two years of security updates for Android.
According to a report from The Verge, Google’s confidential contracts “show that many manufacturers now have the explicit obligation to keep their phones up-to-date in their contract with Google.”
The contract reveals that Google’s Android partners specify that they must provide “at least four security updates” during the first year of device launch. Also in the second year, security updates are required, but no minimum number of versions.
The terms of the agreement apply to any device launched after January 31, 2018, that has been activated by more than 100,000 users.
As of July 31, 2018, 75% of the manufacturer’s “mandatory security templates” were applied to patches. Effective January 31, 2019, Google will require all mandatory security devices to receive these updates.
According to The Verge, “if the manufacturers do not keep their devices up to date, Google says that it could refuse the approval of future phones, which could prevent their release.”
A Google spokesperson has not confirmed whether the advertised contract would be valid for devices available in global markets. The spokesman said that the 90-day patches were a “minimum requirement for safe hygiene” and added that “the majority of devices deployed for more than 200 different Android models from more than 30 manufacturers of Android devices were running a security update for the last 90 days. “
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