There have been two long-term issues with the Android platform that this week have taken steps to resolution.
After the announcement of the Stagefright bug timed with the Black Hat and Def Con conferences, Android manufacturers scrambled into disaster recovery mode. The outcome was Samsung, LG, Google and others all committing to regular monthly fixes and updates for Android.
The announcement just mentioned security updates, but may help solve the general fragmentation issue that Android has. As regular updates may become a conduit for other updates.
Manufacturers have been receiving these updates from Google for years, but have not passed them on to end users. If there’s anything positive from Stagefright, it has been a recognition that the current relationship between Google and its partners is not working and needs to be solved.
This changes absolutely nothing. The spinsters are trying to make it sound like stagefright is a good thing. But – it’s been years with the current (broken) state of affairs with major fragmentation; they’ve already had every opportunity and loads of time to adjust… this little incident will not change anything.
I’ll welcome being proved wrong, however. But since past performance is the best predictor of future behavior… no change will come. Fragmentation and very broken security are here to stay with Android.