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Monthly security updates stopped for these popular smartphones

Monthly security updates stopped for these popular smartphones
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Do you have an Android smartphone or tablet? Believe it or not, at least 1.4 billion Android gadgets are being used right now around the world by people like you.

I'm always telling you to update your computers, phones and tablets whenever Google issues Android updates. It's critical to stay updated in order to protect your personal information and files, and also to avoid hacks and data breaches with the security patches Google issues.

So if you have an Android smartphone made by Motorola (specifically the Moto Z or Moto G4) and are paranoid about security and data breaches, and malware, it might be time to consider switching to another piece of hardware.

That's because the company will NOT be issuing security updates every month, which is standard, simply because it's too difficult for them to handle.

Instead, Motorola finds it's much easier for it to release its security updates in the form of "scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade."

In a statement to ArsTechnica, Motorola said:

Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with Android security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient for us to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade.

So, if you've got a Moto Z or Moto G4, now is the time to find out which phone you'll want to pick up next. Use these Komando Smartphone Comparison Charts to help you make a decision.

Other Motorola phones, however, will see monthly security updates, but who knows if they will be pushed out on time or as fast as they could be.

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Source: ArsTechnica
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