Google will now publicly punish Android smartphone manufacturers for unsafe software

Google will now publicly punish Android smartphone manufacturers for unsafe software

Google’s digital security department has expanded its list of tasks and will now search for errors in the software that comes with Android phones from different manufacturers.

The new program is called the Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative (APVI), and Google’s Android security and privacy team will investigate and uncover software bugs from various OEMs.

The Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative covers issues identified by Google that have the potential to affect the security status of an Android device or user.

The research team has already identified a number of issues that have been reported to OEMs. These include Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Meizu and ZTE. Alas, in some cases, there was no reaction and a number of vulnerabilities were never corrected. For its part, Google has created a special website where it will publish information about the problems identified.

This initiative is an addition to the Android Security Reward Program (ASR) and the Google Play Security Reward Program.


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