“The problem with fragmentation – 98.4% in Androids case – is that there are over a billion devices running at least five earlier versions that are all vulnerable to malware, data theft, and other major security vulnerabilities. Google does not update these – the manufacturer has to. Google’s recent response [is] ‘We will not fix issues in Jelly Bean 4.3.1 and prior,'” Ray Shaw reports for iTWire. “What that means is unless you have a recent KitKat 4.4 device or Lollipop you are screwed – the only way to get a little more secure is to buy a new device.”
“One major corporate user has banned Android devices on its network. ‘We simply cannot cope with managing the plethora of Android devices and apps on our network. We are happy to support iOS 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x – and apps from their stores but that is it!'” Shaw reports. “The comment on iTunes and Windows Store is interesting – both test all apps before listing and changes are monitored and retested. Google Play has found and removed malware from apps on its store but the issue is that there are thousands of alternative Android app stores that do not take the responsibility.”
“Google could use the carrot and stick approach with device makers – either they update the OS or they don’t get it!” Shaw reports. “But as Android is merely a thinly disguised vector for delivering advertising revenue to Google it probably won’t do that either.”
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