Motorola won’t be releasing monthly security updates

Motorola reps at the Moto Z launch event have made it clear that the company won’t be able to commit to monthly updates. Motorola described these updates as “difficult” and have elected instead to provide bundled updates spaced out over a longer period of time. According to Ars Techinca, Motorola stated that it is difficult to roll out software security updates on a monthly basis for all its handsets, and it’s more convenient to include them in OS upgrades, or in scheduled maintenance releases. While Motorola assures that the Moto Z, as well as the Moto G4 series will receive security updates, it simply can’t commit to delivering them month by month.

Smartphone security has been a growing concern among Android users and with Google acknowledging the depth of the situation, monthly security updates are released to patch up the loopholes in the Android mobile platform. Google has also historically even gone so far as to publicly shaming Android OEM manufacturers into providing timely software and security updates.

The officials of Motorola flat out said “no” to the prospect of monthly security updates to be patched to their devices, noting:

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.

As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them.”

Ars Technica commented that the policy was “insecure” and “unacceptable,” as the monthly patches being released for the Android OS are very crucial in maintaining the security of users. Motorola later released a statement that said the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force will receive patches from Android Security Bulletins, and the devices will further get updates and additional patches shortly after their launch. Then again, there was no assurance that the updates will arrive on time as the monthly security patches.

In the past, the old Motorola proved itself a good Android community member, putting out updates quickly. But the culture might be changing there already with the changing of ownership. Only time will prove how fast Lenovo owned Motorola can indeed act to get those updates for the Moto Z and Moto G4 out to the end-users. Hopefully, Google’s planned new partitioning scheme could help improve the situation across all of Android land.

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