Google might split Android security patches to deliver fast updates

Google might be rolling out the monthly security patches in a different way to increase the efficiency of these updates.Google could be separating Android framework patch level and vendor patch level.

By Sandeep Sarkar

    Android security updates had always been in question when it comes to taking security updates seriously. However, Google has tried to make some changes by putting in efforts and releasing security for its apps like the Google Play Protect which was rolled out last year. Google is also said to make use of machine learning to get rid of the malicious apps. Now it is being reported that Google might be rolling out the monthly security patches in a different way to increase the efficiency of these updates.

    Google might split Android security patches to deliver fast updates

    As per some reports from the Beebom, Google powers over 60,000 devices and even after sending the monthly patches for the Android framework, however getting OEMs to push regular updates to this number of devices at the same time could be a tedious task.

    In order to resolve this issue, Google could be separating Android framework patch level and vendor patch level. The change was first noticed by the XDA developers in the Android Open Source Project (ASOP) Gerrit repository and could be implemented with Android P. This is said to allow OEMs to roll out the latest OS security updates even if the chipset vendor has not rolled out the latest update.

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    This technique is said to be used by the developers of ASOP- based custom ROMs which update the Android framework patches without updating the ROM on the vendor-end, kernel, or bootloader patches. It is still not clear how Google plans to show both levels of security patches- whether the older of the two patches will be shown or use some other way to display the levels of both patches. There is no official comment on this by Google; however we will keep you posted with further updates related to the security patches, so stay tuned with us. 

    Google might split Android security patches to deliver fast updates

    Also, in one of our articles related to Google, we covered that the Google has taken off the first generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL from its official website and will no longer be available for sale on the company's website. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL, however, will be available for sale at the offline stores and is available with most of the retailers.
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