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What are the best android phones for security updates apart from Nexus phones?

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I’m starting to wonder if I should be using a Nexus phone as there are so many security issues with Android and many manufacturers seem to be lax with security updates. Or should I be using comprehens… Read More
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9m, 3w agoPosted 9 months, 3 weeks ago
I’m starting to wonder if I should be using a Nexus phone as there are so many security issues with Android and many manufacturers seem to be lax with security updates. Or should I be using comprehensive security software on my phone which would mean it’s not such an issue? I don’t at the moment.

There is such a limited range of Nexus phones and the only one that might suit is the 6P which is a bit too bulky and also more than I want to pay.
So what other Android phone manufacturers provide timely security updates and are more likely to offer the latest version of Android for the longest period?
Motorola seem an obvious choice but are they any good?
Is there a site that shows stats on these things?

As for the phone itself I want 5.2 - 5.5”, 1080P or higher, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, SD support is optional, a Dual SIM option would be good, decent but not necessarily exceptional battery life. Not so fussed about having the latest SoC but a decent quality screen is a high priority and the camera a low priority.
Moto G4 Plus 64GB seems the obvious choice if Moto are good with updates.
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9m, 3w agoPosted 9 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Xiaomi aren't very good at updating the main android version but they update MIUI (their Android fork/skin) frequently and they normally always come with the latest security patches from google.
#2
Any phone that gets Cyanogen would be okay or other custom Roms get regular updates AICP gets a weekly update on phones 3 or 4 year old.
#3
Just don't download any dodgy apps or surf any dodgy sites....
#4
Uridium
Just don't download any dodgy apps or surf any dodgy sites....
If only life was that simple; you are naive.
#5
Agharta
Uridium
Just don't download any dodgy apps or surf any dodgy sites....
If only life was that simple; you are naive.

20+yrs in Enterprise IT suggests I'm not....I've run android handsets from the launch of the G1.
All of the current Android security exploits require you to run a malicious application...either via download or scripted from a website...
If you can't stay away from those though then after Google you are correct in thinking Lenovo/Motorola are the next best (In my experience with corporate handset support they usually are), stay well clear of all of the Chinese brands (known and Unknown)
Realistically If security on a handset is of prime consideration then ensuring Unknown source installation is disabled, don't root the handset and steering clear of nefarious websites is of just as much importance..


Edited By: Uridium on Sep 24, 2016 18:31
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Uridium
Agharta
Uridium
Just don't download any dodgy apps or surf any dodgy sites....
If only life was that simple; you are naive.
All of the current Android security exploits require you to run a malicious application...either via download or scripted from a website...
Mainstream sites gets hacked and have malicious scripts inserted.
#7
Treboeth
Any phone that gets Cyanogen would be okay or other custom Roms get regular updates AICP gets a weekly update on phones 3 or 4 year old.
Thanks, but that sort of thing has no interest for me.

Edited By: Agharta on Sep 24, 2016 18:37
#8
Yep xiaomi eu rom updated weekly and has latest security updates
dcx_badass
Xiaomi aren't very good at updating the main android version but they update MIUI (their Android fork/skin) frequently and they normally always come with the latest security patches from google.
#9
Agharta
Uridium
Just don't download any dodgy apps or surf any dodgy sites....
If only life was that simple; you are naive.


isnt it?? Ive never had an issue with any phone or tablet regarding security. Nothing special installed and have never even thought if i should be on a particular site or install a certain spp.
#10
I have the one plus 3 and I have September's security update. most months I tend to get an update
#11
Rich069
Ive never had an issue with any phone or tablet regarding security. Nothing special installed and have never even thought if i should be on a particular site or install a certain spp.
The anecdotal evidence of one person doesn't mean much though.

I wonder if I am being overly cautious and shouldn't give it much consideration?
I am not that fussed about keeping up with the latest version of Android although keeping current with Android may have implications with security updates!
I'll look to see what Google's policy is.
#12
Agharta
Rich069
Ive never had an issue with any phone or tablet regarding security. Nothing special installed and have never even thought if i should be on a particular site or install a certain spp.
The anecdotal evidence of one person doesn't mean much though.
I wonder if I am being overly cautious and shouldn't give it much consideration?
I am not that fussed about keeping up with the latest version of Android although keeping current with Android may have implications with security updates!
I'll look to see what Google's policy is.

I wouldn't say don't give it much consideration, just don't lose sleep over it :) More a case of just be aware that exploits are out there and minimise your risk to exposure by not rooting, not disabling the handset setting of not 'allowing installations from unknown sources'. Keep your phone up to date where possible and be wary of where you browse.
#13
The only android phones I've seen anything remotely malicious on have either had the security turned off (allow unknown sources) or have been going on dodgy sites. The latter was simply a clever piece of JavaScript which locked up the browser nothing else.

Honestly without your into some darknet or very questionable stuff I wouldnt be worried at all. Just get any non Chinese current phone encrypt it, have one of the strong security locks (decent password, etc) and don't turn off any of the security settings you'll be fine.

If they really want to get into any phone they will does matter if it's android, osx, blackberry or any other os. With enough of a reason/reward and direct access to the phone someone will find a way.
I mean look at the FBI proof iPhone which got hardware hacked.

As for Motorola after Google sold them off the updates haven't been as quick as they were.

Edited By: joedastudd on Sep 24, 2016 19:45
#14
Simple choice:

1. Blackberry Priv, or
2. Blackberry DTEK50

Most secure android phones on the market.
#15
Great advice.
Don't get a phone made in china
Encrypt the phone (if it had malware you'd encrypt that too then?)

Just get an 8210 and be done with it (altho can't be sure they weren't made in china sorry)
#16
Motorola do seem to be the best generally for promptness and longevity of updates for mainstream at least. Not sure whether the new breed of cyangenmod phones fare better (in which case OnePlus and Wileyfox depending on your budget). Moto phones aren't bad though the cameras never seem to fare as well as some of the other manufacturers nor as the previews sometimes suggest. Seem some good previews on the G4 plus camera but the last gen X series weren't as promised if I'm honest -tempted to swap my X Play for a G4 Plus if as good as some say. Updates to Nougat due fairly soon for Z and X series ( but X 2nd gen not compatible apparently), with G4s then G3s to follow.
#17
Nice article below about the verified boot feature in android Nougat. Bare with the article it was mainly taking about rooting but talks about the extra security features which nougat brings with regards to any changes made to the OS by malware etc.
PS this only applies to Nexus devices or devices shipping out of the box with Nougat not with devices upgrading to nougat (some might but that is down to the manufacturer rom)

http://betanews.com/2016/07/20/android-7-0-nougat-root/
http://android-developers.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/strictly-enforced-verified-boot-with.html


Edited By: cecilmcroberts on Sep 26, 2016 11:51

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