Engineering Manager, Android Media Framework
Regularly scheduled updates deliver more than just updates and fixes. They deliver a strengthened sense of security to our customers.
A whole new security-
Security has always been a major focus for Android. We designed the system to protect users with multiple layers of protection in the platform and built-in security services.
But we’re never satisfied.
To make Android even safer, we share source code for security fixes every month with our partners and users. We also have an established monthly update cycle for Nexus and Pixel devices and partners.Learn more about our security update process
How the program works
After we've identified a security vulnerability, we immediately develop the update and prepare it for testing. In other words, we fix the problem.
Next, we issue a bulletin to our partners outlining the update, so that they can immediately begin testing their products.
Once testing is finished, the update is delivered to customers by our device partners and to Nexus and Pixel devices by Google, usually through an OTA update. Lastly, a public security bulletin is issued outlining the fixes and the update is released to the Android Open Source Project.