BlackBerry’s Priv should have timely updates


Most hardware manufacturers producing Android devices drop the ball when it comes to keeping their devices’ software up-to-date. That’s why Motorola and HTC are often favorites among consumers looking to get a device with software that will be updated and in a timely fashion. Both companies have promises that can be broken, but that’s better than those that decide to say nothing about the status of software updates for their devices. BlackBerry, which is entering the world of Android with the Priv, wants to be up there with Motorola and HTC as a company getting software updates with security patches and bug fixes to its users faster than anyone else.

BlackBerry is putting its security research team to work to ensure that its Priv’s firmware and software is invulnerable. This will be done by delivering quick security updates (with Google’s help) and hotfixes.

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Google publishes factory images for latest Android security update


Google has published the factory images for its November security update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9. The upgrade eliminates seven core vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, including the latest critical exploit which “could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.”

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Huawei’s Honor brand to receive Marshmallow update in February 2016


It’s always good finding out when your phone’s manufacturer is planning on rolling out the latest version of Android to your handset, and today it’s the turn of Huawei’s Honor brand of smartphones. According to a tweet by @HiHonorIndia, the company will begin pushing out the final version of its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to selected handsets in February next year. Read more

Sony starts rolling out Stagefright patch for the Xperia Z5 & Z5 Compact


Following Sony’s release of the Xperia Z5 and the Z5 Compact earlier this month, the Japanese manufacturer has today started rolling out a much-needed stability update for its flagship and its scaled down sibling. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality to the handsets, but it does transport a handful of essential bug fixes, as well as a patch for the Stagefright vulnerability exploit.

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Sony rolls out a Marshmallow update via OTA for its Concept for Android beta testers


Sony announced its Concept for Android beta initiative earlier this month, which would allow Xperia Z3 Z3 Compact owners to test an early build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow on their devices. For those that were accepted on to the program, an update with build number MRA58K.Z1.2085 is busy rolling out via OTA with some additional features in tow.

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