NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Internet search giant Google reportedly gave the most popular smartphones and tablets the mandate to get two years of security updates for Android.
According to a report from The Verge, Google's confidential contracts "It shows that many manufacturers now have the explicit obligation to keep their phones up to date with their contract with Google."
The agreement reveals that Google's Android partners specify that they must provide "at least four security updates" during the first year of device launch. Also in the second year, security updates are required, but there are not a minimum number of versions.
The terms of the agreement apply to any device released after January 31, 2018 that has been enabled by more than 100,000 users.
On July 31, 2018, 75% of the manufacturer's "mandatory security models" were applied to the patches. Beginning January 31, 2019, Google will require all required security features to receive these updates.
According to The Verge, "if manufacturers do not keep their devices up-to-date, Google says they can refuse approval of future phones, which could prevent their release."
A Google spokesman did not confirm whether the advertised agreement would be valid for devices available in global markets. The spokesman said the 90-day patches were "Minimum requirement for safe hygiene" and added that "most devices deployed to more than 200 different Android models from more than 30 Android device manufacturers were running a security update in the last 90 days. "
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