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Android releases the first of monthly scheduled security updates

Android releases the first of monthly scheduled security updates
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Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle and many other software companies put out security updates like clockwork.

With the exception of emergency patches, security bugs get fixed once a month - typically on the second Tuesday. Now Android has just released its first scheduled security patch ever. Get ready to update your phone or tablet every month.

After the scary Stagefright bug we told you about earlier this summer, Android developers are trying to be proactive. Google, Samsung and LG all promised their users that they wouldn't be caught in a sticky situation like that again and swore to release monthly updates.

That promise was made more than a month ago and we're finally starting to see signs of it coming to life. Google just released a security patch for its Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10, as well as a specified patch for its Android TV-based Nexus Player.

LG and Samsung are expected to keep their end of the deal as well. The two major phone manufacturers are expected to release a fix for their gadgets sometime next week or the following, at the latest.

As the news of Stagefright reaches more and more people, users are growing increasingly anxious that their smartphone, tablet or TV will be left exposed to vicious hackers. But if you're part of that group, don't worry. A patch should be pushed to your gear in the next few weeks.

But we'll keep you updated as soon as we get word of the next round of security updates. So make sure you're staying tuned to the Happening Now news page for all the details about the Stagefright bug and every other hack, scheme, bug, virus, breach and other tech news.

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Source: Ars Technica
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