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Google is making this major change to Android

August 7, 2015, 1:55 PM UTC
Google Opens New Berlin Office
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: A visitor passes the Google logo on September 26, 2012 at the official opening party of the Google offices in Berlin, Germany. Although the American company holds 95% of the German search engine market share and already has offices in Hamburg and Munich, its new offices on the prestigious Unter den Linden avenue are its first in the German capital. The Internet giant has been met with opposition in the country recently by the former president's wife, who has sued it based on search results for her name that she considers derogative. The European Commission has planned new data privacy regulations in a country where many residents opted in to have their homes pixeled out when the company introduced its Street View technology. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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After a mobile security researcher revealed a flaw — dubbed Stagefright — in Google’s Android software which, as Fortune has reported, “leaves as many as 95% of Android devices — that’s 950 million gadgets — exposed to attack,” Android users were understandably concerned.

But Google (GOOG) and its smartphone partner Samsung just made moves to allay that fear.

According to a report in Reuters, the firms have decided to jointly release “monthly security fixes for Android phones,” in order to combat Stagefright and other dangerous computer bugs. Previously, Google would release fixes to its own Nexus phones, but hardware makers would have to wait “until they wanted to update the software for different reasons before pushing out a fix,” according to the report.