Tag Archive: Patches


TCL 10 Pro will only get one Android update, two years of security patches

TCL promises at least one major OS update for its affordable phones.

What you need to know The TCL 10 Pro and 10L are TCL’s first own branded phones. The company promises to deliver at least one major OS update. It will also deliver two years of security patches every two months.

While often cheaper and more powerful (broadly speaking) Android phones don’t get nearly the same amount of support as iPhones, with the TCL 10 Pro  [Read More…]

Google patches a mystery zero-day Chrome vulnerability

Google didn’t share any information about the vulnerability other than an acknowledgment of its existence.

What you need to know Google has patched a mysterious zero-day in Chrome. The firm is aware an exploit exists in the wild and has yet to detail the vulnerability while the patch rolls out to users. The patch is currently available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Google this week released a patch to the latest version of Chrome, v80, aimed at  [Read More…]

The June 2019 security patches have arrived for Pixel devices

Improvements include better “Ok Google” detection and fixes for Netflix hanging.

What you need to know Updates have rolled out for the Pixel lineup with June security patches and bug fixes. The update includes improved accuracy for the “Ok Google” hot word and a fix that caused Netflix to hang. This is the first update for the Pixel 3a devices.

It’s officially June, and you know what that means — time for Google to roll out the  [Read More…]

Inside Google’s plan to have security patches updated via the Play Store

Google’s next step following the success of Project Treble.

At the beginning of each month, Google updates its monthly Android Security Bulletin and pushes out a security patch to its Pixel phones to ensure they’re as up-to-date and secure as can be. The process is pretty smooth and painless for those Pixel owners, but if you have a phone that’s made by Samsung, LG, Huawei, etc., you can often find yourself waiting a while before the patch  [Read More…]

Google’s now forcing OEMs to update devices with ‘regular’ security patches

Good move, Google.

Google I/O is always home to a lot of announcements, and while the biggest ones usually come from the opening keynote, there are little nuggets to be found throughout the smaller breakout sessions over the week.

As spotted by 9to5Google, there was one particularly interesting statement that came out of Google’s “What’s new in Android security” talk.

During it, David Kleidermacher, Android’s head of security, said the following:

We’ve also worked on building security  [Read More…]

How important are Android security patches?

You can never be too secure.

Once a month, Google updates the Android Security Bulletin and releases a new security patch for Pixel and Nexus phones. Other OEMs like Sony and Essential have been getting better at pushing these updates just as fast as Google does, but the likes of Samsung, LG, and others often keep users waiting and waiting for the latest patch.

These security-focused updates help to ensure your phone is as safe as can  [Read More…]

Numerous Android OEMs discovered to be lying about security patches

Samsung, LG, and Motorola are among those at fault.

Once a month, Google updates the Android Security Bulletin and releases new monthly patches to fix vulnerabilities and bugs as soon as they pop up. It’s no secret that many OEMs are slow to update their hardware with said patches, but it’s now been discovered that some of them claim to have updated their phones when, in fact, nothing’s changed at all.

This revelation was made by Karsten  [Read More…]

March security patches now available for Pixels and Nexus phones; expect your OTA soon

Security updates and fixes for “functionality issues” are cleared for landing and inbound.

Factory images with the March 2018 patch for the Pixel and Pixel 2 family, the Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X are available at the Google Developer site and can be manually installed today, and OTA updates are expected to begin shortly.

These are part of the March Security Bulletin and besides patches for the critical vulnerabilities found in Android and hardware partner’s code, some  [Read More…]

Essential Phone now receiving February 2018 security patches

Google is committed to releasing security patches for Android on a monthly basis, and some smartphone manufacturers are doing their best to make sure their devices stay as up-to-date as possible.

Essential is one such company, and it has just announced that it is now rolling out the February 2018 security patches for the Essential Phone. Essential confirmed that the software update is version NMK24B and that the new software is rolling out beginning today. It’s an over-the-air update, though, so  [Read More…]

Razer Phone gets Netflix HDR, camera fixes, and Meltdown, Spectre patches

New improvements for the camera and Netflix HDR give the Razer Phone its edge.

Razer is pushing out a new firmware and patch update for its gaming-focused Razer Phone.

Coming in at 249MB, the update brings Netflix HDR and Dolby 5.1 audio playback through a new customized Netflix application for the Razer Phone (which is now baked into the ROM).

Announced at CES 2018 Razer is currently the only phone in the world that supports Netflix HDR,  [Read More…]