Recently, there have been some exploits on Android, and most recently, there was Stagefright. This is ones that allows you to remotely control your phone. Scary.
I found out about this from an app I have called Lookout, which is like a antivirus for the phone. It alerted me of this, started some workarounds, but really, you would need to get an update on Android to fix it. Coincidentally, I see an Android update. More specifically, a security update.
It updates, and then I check for Stagefright, and no longer vulnerable. Cool. That’s one of the benefits of Nexus, and that is they are the first ones with the latest Android update.
With all the media attention with iPhone 6, and Samsung, I started thinking why I chose Nexus 5. Looking back, I remember that I was frustrated when I would hear about a new Android update, and I still never got that same update. This was when I had a Samsung Galaxy 3. Everyone would be on 4.2, and I would be on 4.1, and it was 8 months after 4.2 was released.
So I just checked, and my Nexus 5 is on Android 4.4.4, while my co-worker, who is a proud owner of a Samsung Note 3, is on Android 4.4.2. His claim is that even though the Nexus 5 will get the first update first, on subsequent updates, his Samsung would get it before my Nexus will. Well, I’ve had 4.4.4 for about 2-3 months already, and I just read they just recently got 4.4.4 on Sprint Galaxy S5. Sorry guys, I’ve had this for 2-3 months already, and you are claiming you get the latest first???? Meanwhile, I heard Samsung is still rolling out 4.4.2 on some platforms.
So why 4.4.4? Security fixes, of course. 4.4.4 addressed some SSL Vulnerabilities, so I would think that pushing out 4.4.4 would be very important … I guess not! This is why I love my Nexus 5 … I get the OS updates first!