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LG joins Samsung and Google in pledging monthly Android security updates

LG has added itself to the list of Android phone manufacturers who’ll deliver monthly security updates to smartphone and tablet owners.

Earlier this week, both Samsung and Google announced they’d be issuing the updates aimed at wiping out dangerous malware.

An LG spokesperson told Wired on Friday: “LG will be providing security updates on a monthly basis which carriers will then be able to make available to customers immediately.

“We believe these important steps will demonstrate to LG customers that security is our highest priority.”

The swift change in tack from arguably the three most important companies on the Android landscape comes after the discovery of the StageFright bug.

The vulnerability made it possible for an unauthorised party to gain remote access to an Android phone just by sending it a text message.

See also: LG G4 review

Since Google relies on individual manufacturers to push out software patches, we can expect more Android makers to be making similar announcements shortly.

Another complication are the networks, who also adjust Android to their own needs, needing to vet the changes too, plus all of the different versions of Android running on the various devices.

Simply put, it might be a while before all this is sorted out. In the meantime, you might want to take this app for a spin to ensure you’re not vulnerable.

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