300 million Android, users will not receive security updates - CYDIAPLUS.com


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Thursday, 2 June 2016

300 million Android, users will not receive security updates

One of the advantages of Android is the diversity of versions of a dozen manufacturers around the world, hundreds of models on the market, prices for all budgets and possibilities for everyone available. At the same time this is one of the major drawbacks of the platform compared to iOS.

Because chain status updates too involved in different companies, in the preparation of the review and update Google products manufacturers one can take months, if it ever happens. Android features make life easier for hackers: security holes long produced will be left unclosed because these "revisions" must pass through different company before they get to the user.

annual safety report Android, which has been published in Google, shows alarming statistics: the company recognizes that monthly updates do not reach many devices, or to be more exact, 29.2% do not have the latest versions of Kit Kat 4.4.4 and higher.

If more than 1 billion devices running on this operating system, as stated by the manufacturer company in the world, we have almost 300 million vulnerable than pending security updates users.

This reality undermines the efforts of Google to increase their standard of security for mobile of the time. The company says it has analyzed 400 million devices per day in search of threats through Google Mobile Services. Meanwhile, the validation program Verify Apps able to protect the vast majority of phones and tablets malware, or at least the devices owners who download the app from Google Play applications. Only 0.15% of the applications that were installed last year, were potentially dangerous applications.

Google has done a great job of improving the safety level of its latest operating system marshmallow 6.0, which contains encryption system permissions for applications, the fingerprint scanner support and other major improvements most users can not take advantage.

The Internet giant is committed to doing everything possible to force manufacturers quickly as possible send updates on their handsets, but as long as the system remains vulnerable, the main advantage of Android (diversity) will remain their main disadvantage compared to iOS.

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