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Google kicks in with security updates, but there’s a dark side

Android updates are that great unknown that 90% of users do not get to enjoy throughout the life of their terminal. Google wants to end this, and the fragmentation is reaching an almost unsustainable point. For this reason, it has launched projects such as Treble, and different collaborations with different OEMs in order to streamline the process.

If a few days ago we could see how the list of devices compatible with Android P, today we have news that Google wants to change the update frequency to security patches. However, as always, there is a problem preventing this from taking place at all.

Google wants to help with security patches, but manufacturers don't

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From here, our sincere congratulations to OnePlus, Essential, Nokia, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo, the only firms that have deigned to collaborate directly with Google, being able to install the beta version of Android in its flagships. As we can read in XDA, the big G has several programs for manufacturers to join, and thus they can obtain facilities when updating their devices, yes, as long as they meet the deadlines imposed by Google.

Now, we have news that Google will start putting dates for security patches, in an attempt to ensure that the OEMs that collaborate in their programs have their terminals correctly updated. A pretty good idea, subject to the usual problem: not being required to join the programs or within certain deadlines if there is no intention of updating on time.

It is not understandable that some of the biggest brands in the world cannot install the beta, or make the threat of collaborating with Google, offering updates up to 7 months late, once presented the latest version of Android. From here, we congratulate Google for its titanic effort to end fragmentation, and we encourage OEMs to collaborate with it to improve the user experience and user security.