Aug 7th, 2015

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After Google, Samsung, and LG recently committed to a monthly software updates to patch known security exploits (you can thank Stagefright for that), we assumed other Android OEMs would soon follow suit. And while Motorola is now finally addressing Stagefright concerns, they seem to have left out any mention of monthly security updates on their devices.

in a new statement, Motorola says they’re already begun work on a Stagefright patch — which has already been addressed in their round of recently announced devices — and that they hope to deliver it to already released devices sometime in the near future. They also mention that Stagefright will essentially be a non-issue in Android M, although we kind of expected as much. Here’s the full statement they provided to Droid-Life:

“We take the security of our customers extremely seriously. We applaud Google’s efforts to work with the carriers and handset manufacturers to enhance security in the Android ecosystem, and we look forward to working with them to help make this happen.

All of our products announced last week will have the StageFright patch integrated into the software. We’ve also begun working to integrate, test and deploy the patch in many of our recent Lollipop upgrades for current products.  The patch will also be included in the M upgrade.”

Software updates have always been tricky business for Android devices. OEMs have to build the code from scratch, applying their fixins, security patches, bug fixes, and then submitting to carriers for approval to push out on their network. While Google, LG, and Samsung now doing their part to work with carriers on fast tracking monthly security updates, looking back it seems Stagefright may have done much more good then actual harm.

UPDATE: Motorola just posted a page with a full list of devices receiving the Stagefright fix, along with a quick explanation on when you can expect it to arrive on your device. They’re still not committing to monthly updates, but they did say that they’re working with carriers to “simplify the process” of pushing out critical security updates to devices in the future. Here are the devices first in line to receive the Stagefright security update:

  • Moto X Style (patched from launch)
  • Moto X Play (patched from launch)
  • Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto X Pro
  • Moto Maxx/Turbo
  • Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
  • Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx

“We will begin delivering software to our carrier partners to test starting August 10th for the phones listed above. Many carriers have unique requirements that result in unique variants of software. As a result, there are over 200 variants of software that we are working to patch, test and deploy to our carrier partners for their testing and approval. We are prioritizing our deployments of the patch to the largest groups of consumers first and working closely with our carrier partners to make the patch available as soon as possible. We will update on our progress as more information becomes available.”

[Motorola]

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