HTC is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to Android updates for its One A9 smartphone. The Taiwanese tech giant has started rolling out January Android security update for the unlocked version of the handset in the US, keeping its promise of rolling out updates 15 days after they reach Nexus devices. Global availability of the update is expected soon, as are updates for carrier-specific models.
The January Android security update fixes 12 security loopholes that range from moderate to critical level, says HTC VP of Product Management, Mo Versi. It is worth mentioning that Google in first week of this month rolled out the security update for its Nexus devices.
HTC One (A9) unlocked owners! The Jan security updates and bug fixes is being updated via OTA this morning! Thanks.-- Mo Versi (@moversi) January 22, 2016
In its 'Nexus Security Bulletin' for the month of January, Google has listed one of the most severe vulnerabilities that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, Web browsing, and MMS when processing media files. The company however said that it received no reports of active customer exploitation of the newly reported issues.
Some of the other critical security vulnerabilities listed by Google include elevation of privilege vulnerability in misc-sd driver, elevation of privilege vulnerability in the imagination technologies driver, elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in trustzone, and elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel. The company also revealed that partners were notified about the issues on December 7 or earlier.
Unlike the December Android security update, which also brought Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the January Android security update is purely focused on security fixes.
HTC last month seeded the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates respectively to its One A9 (unlocked) and One M9 smartphones. The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the HTC One A9 brings several bug fixes and the latest set of emojis from Unicode 7 and Unicode 8.