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Essential Phone OTA for December security patch rolling out

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Essential has a habit of beating even Google when it comes to rolling out updates, and that trend continues today. An OTA including the December security patches for Android is rolling out to PH-1's everywhere as we speak, download at your leisure.

The changelog is short and sweet this time, without hints of upcoming products or any other features. However, the security patch bulletin this month includes a honkin' chonk of Qualcomm related fixes, among other "critical" and "high" severity vulnerabilities.

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Essential Phone OTA for December security patch rolling out was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone OTA for December security patch rolling out

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Essential has a habit of beating even Google when it comes to rolling out updates, and that trend continues today. An OTA including the December security patches for Android is rolling out to PH-1's everywhere as we speak, download at your leisure.

The changelog is short and sweet this time, without hints of upcoming products or any other features. However, the security patch bulletin this month includes a honkin' chonk of Qualcomm related fixes, among other "critical" and "high" severity vulnerabilities.

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Essential Phone OTA for December security patch rolling out was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone November update rolling out, hints Audio Adapter HD could arrive soon

Monday, November 5th, 2018

The cycle of monthly security updates continues. As expected, Essential has just pushed out its November patch OTA on the same day as Google. There is a twist this time around, though: Essential's changelog includes notes that reveal the Audio Adapter HD could be coming soon.

The company revealed the existence of the audio adapter all the way back in June, but since then it's been strangely silent on the subject.

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Essential Phone November update rolling out, hints Audio Adapter HD could arrive soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google makes good on its promise and mandates 2 years of security updates for Android OEMs

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

At Google I/O back in May, the company pledged to work with manufacturers of Android phones to ensure more regular security patches. It's now come to light that Google is mandating at least two years of security updates on Android phones, and enforcing this by writing it directly into OEM contracts.

This was discovered by The Verge, who obtained one of those contracts. In it, Google requires makers of Android phones and tablets to release at least four security updates in the first year the device is on sale, as well as an unspecified number of patches in year two.

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Google makes good on its promise and mandates 2 years of security updates for Android OEMs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel 3 and 3 XL are guaranteed Android version and security updates until October 2021

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Before the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, Google had a habit of promising its Nexus and Pixel devices Android version updates for two years, but security fixes for three. That changed with the second-generation Pixels, which were guaranteed both types of updates for three years. The Pixel 3 family will benefit from the same courtesy.

If you buy a Pixel 3 or 3 XL, you'll be happy to know that Android version and security updates are guaranteed until October 2021, three years from now.

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL are guaranteed Android version and security updates until October 2021 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Dutch case against Samsung for lack of updates finally heads to court

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Early in 2016, it was revealed that Samsung was being sued in the Netherlands for failing to update its phones. The Consumentenbond—a Dutch non-profit promoting consumer protection—was taking Samsung to court for, among other things, not adequately providing two years of updates from the time of purchase. According to Telecompaper, the case is now being heard. 

Of course, Samsung does promise updates for two years after a product is launched, but the Consumentenbond believes that Samsung should be required to provide two years of updates from the time a consumer purchases it, whenever that might be.

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Dutch case against Samsung for lack of updates finally heads to court was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung stops security updates for 2016 models of Galaxy A3, J1, and J3; many new devices only get quarterly updates

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Samsung has just made a couple of changes to its Android security updates page, and they're not too pretty. Three devices --- the 2016 versions of the Galaxy A3, J1, and J3 --- have been dropped from security updates altogether, and out of the four new additions, three have been filed under the list for quarterly security updates.

Without further ado, here are the changes:

No longer in any list:

  • Galaxy A3 (2016)
  • Galaxy J1 (2016)
  • Galaxy J3 (2016)

Additions to monthly list:

  • Galaxy A8 (2018)

Additions to quarterly list:

  • Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Galaxy J2 (2018)
  • Galaxy Tab Active2

It's not too difficult to understand why the Galaxy A3 (2016), J1 (2016), and J3 (2016) have been axed; they're all around two years old at this point and they're budget to mid-range devices.

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Samsung stops security updates for 2016 models of Galaxy A3, J1, and J3; many new devices only get quarterly updates was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google extends security updates for Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Google has followed the same device support pattern for years - two years of major Android OS updates, and three years of security updates. You might get Android updates after that, and you might get further security updates, but it's not guaranteed. Seemingly out of nowhere, Google has extended the security update period for the Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018.

Previously, both devices were slated to receive security updates until September 2018, which would have been about three years after they were released.

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Google extends security updates for Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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