Google just released a video reviewing all the strategies it has followed during 2016 to stop malware and malicious applications in the Google Play Store. The company claims that only 0.05% of applications downloaded from the Play Store in 2016 were potentially harmful to the user, a better than 0.15% in 2015. But also the company’s information allows us to know the phones that receive the Google security patches on a regular basis or in other words the safest smartphones.
Verify Apps which periodically scans a smartphone for harmful applications performed 750 million checks a day in 2016, something that has involved manufacturers and suppliers of chips like Qualcomm, MediaTek and NVIDIA. All this has been done in order to address known vulnerabilities through monthly security patches.
Google claims it has delivered a security patch to 735 million phones belonging to the catalog of more than 200 manufacturers and is now working to bring these security updates more quickly and efficiently.
Listing the safest smartphones according to Google
All these paragraphs serve as an introduction to the list of what would be, according to Google, the safest smartphones on the market, as they are those who regularly make use of the security patches provided by the Internet giant.
Google checked Google Play services for those devices that ran the October security patch at least in December and found which phones are the fastest to apply for their security updates. Of course, the company’s own smartphones appear in the top positions of the safest smartphones list.
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Motorola Moto Z Droid
- OPPO A33W
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6
- OnePlus 3
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Bq Aquaris M5
- Nexus 5
- Live V3 Max
- LG V20
- Sony Xperia X Compact
It is strikingly striking to discover that the list does not include a BlackBerry device, a startling omission given the company’s commitment to security. Also notable is the presence of Chinese mobile phones (formerly associated with insecurity) in the list of safer smartphones such as Vivo V3 Max or Oppo A33W
Google has already said that in the future it will work closely with its global partners to streamline the upgrade process, which would result in an increasing number of devices receiving security updates on a monthly basis.