Google and Samsung have begun to push out faster security updates following mounting concerns that the Google Android platform is easily susceptible to attacks from hackers.
Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus 10 phones and tablets will now see weekly security updates.
In a Google blog post the company says the first update is rolling out today, addressing the “Stagefright,” exploit that could allow a hacker to gain access to a phone’s microphone, download photos on the phone and even reroute phone calls.
Nexus phones will also receive a “pure version” version of Android that has been untouched by wireless providers or third party manufacturers.
Samsung also announced that it would begin pushing out faster and more regular updates to its Galaxy devices each month.
Samsung and its wireless carrier partners are still working out details for upcoming changes to its security updates schedule. Unlike Samsung, Google Nexus devices have the ability to offer updates without carrier assistance. In Samsung’s case it can take upwards of two weeks for a wireless carrier to test a security update before it is released.
A new report by Open Signal, a Wi-Fi a locator and signal strength app, found that nearly 40% of Android phones were made by Samsung, while only a small portion of devices are owned by the Nexus brand.
There are currently more than 24,000 different Google Android devices on the market, creating a fragmented system that makes it nearly impossible for developers to keep track of the various security threats imposed upon each device.