monthly android security patch

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I have a new LG G5 phone that has Android 7 installed on it.  Google releases monthly a security update for the Android operating system in a patch form to ALL the developers suppliers and manufacturers.

On my phone it shows that I have the security patch up to November 1, 2016.  

Wait a sec, it's April 11 2017, a whole 5 months out of date.   I don't get that Apple can push a new update for thier IOS out to all the phones regardless of the carrier yet Koodo as to have a special version of Android written for them that they have to test (basically add in unwanted forced apps into the android os).

Why am I not getting the important Security Updates that Google is releasing.  why is Koodo not requesting (demanding) that LG provide these security updates?
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Goran, Mobile Master

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The carriers very well could be, but what are the carriers going to do about it? Almost every android OEM is behind by varying amounts. You could boycott but you'd only sell blackberry and one or two other companies. It's just how it is while we keep pushing for OEMs to be better about it.
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WRT how Apple can push out updates so fast, all Apple devices work on the exact same OS platform. Apple also manufactures all of the hardware, which means the architecture is consistent across all platforms. With Android, every manufacturer has their own design specs, as well as their own flavour of the Android operating system. There are also literally millions of third party apps for Android, which are not subject to nearly the same level of control that Apple exerts over iPhone apps. The upshot is that a security patch which works perfectly on a nexus or a pixel phone running vanilla android must be rigorously tested, and likely tweaked, by manufacturers lest it cause conflicts with their hardware, their software, or the apps customers may be running.
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In other words, if you want updates in as timely a fashion as Apple publishes, you need to buy an iPhone.
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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Androids are awesome but this fragmentation of OS updates is one of the disadvantages with android
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My Samsung S7 Edge still has the February 2107 security patch. It's now May. This is ridiculous.
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If you want monthly security patches on time, then buy a Pixel direct from Google. Other than that, carriers only bundle them with maintenance releases, which are generally only released a couple times a year. It's not viable to dedicate time and resources to testing and releasing monthly patches.
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Cory, you are assuming the manufacturers are pushing out updates subsequent to Google doing so. That in itself is not a certainty.
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Cory

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That is true! For example, Samsung has a horrid track record in regards to updates.
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Or a Blackberry. They get monthly security updates. The KEYone is looking like a good alternative
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I think LG just released Aug 1 2017 patch but my LG G3 phone is still stuck on jul 1 2016. A whole year behind.  When is Koodo going to get their act together and release LG updates?


Here is their bulletin and it does include the G3.

https://lgsecurity.lge.com/security_updates.html

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Ok, contacted LG and appears that it is LG who is holding out patching the G3.  With the lack of patches the G5 is getting it's safe to say to avoid LG.  Horrible product support.
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The G3 is pretty old at this point. Pretty standard for most android OEMs to stop support. So the G5 as well now, eh?
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Only inquired LG about the G3,  but according to the OP it seems the G5 might be lacking on support as well.

The G3 is still working perfectly fine for me....no problems what so ever on the hardware side.  Bought it two years ago and LG dumped it last year.  I don't like the idea of having to buy a shiny new phone every year to get support from manufacturers, especially when all the patching/debugging/security work is done by Google and given out to the manufacturers. 

There is no excuse for LG (and others) to not apply the same monthly updates that google does when 99% of the work is done for them.