Lenovo confirms no monthly security updates for its Motorola smartphones
An official statement from Motorola and Lenovo will likely have Moto smartphone owners feeling a bit displeased. As reported by Ars Technica, Motorola will not perform monthly Android security updates for its users due to the "difficult" testing and approval process. Instead, the manufacturer will roll out said security updates as infrequent Maintenance Releases (MR) and alongside major Android OS upgrades. In other words, bundling the monthly updates into fewer larger ones would be logistically simpler and more cost efficient than releasing them little by little.
Whether or not customers share this sentiment remains to be seen. Motorola is in a unique position as its smartphones are closer to the stock Android Nexus experience compared to smartphones from Samsung, LG, or HTC. Thus, official Android updates from Google will need to jump through fewer hoops for Moto devices in theory for a faster testing and approval process. Despite this, Samsung and LG are still able to release monthly security updates for their flagship devices, so the Motorola announcement appears more like an excuse than a hardware or software roadblock.
Google recently made available a massive July security patch that addresses well over 100 known vulnerabilities. This update has yet to make its way to Motorola smartphones and it is unknown when Moto users can expect to receive the OTA announcement.