“Smartphone makers such as Apple Inc. and Google and mobile carriers including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. face an inquiry by U.S. regulators into how they review and release security updates to combat cyberthieves and Internet vandals,” Todd Shields reports for Bloomberg.
“‘We are concerned’ that ‘there are significant delays in delivering patches to actual devices — and that older devices may never be patched,’ the FCC said in a sample of letters sent to companies that the agency posted on its website,” Shields reports. “The FCC sent letters to the top four U.S. wireless providers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile Inc. and Sprint Corp. — as well as to U.S. Cellular Corp. and TracFone Wireless Inc., said Neil Grace, a spokesman for the agency.”
Shields reports, “The FTC said it had ordered eight companies to explain the process for issuing security updates: Apple, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, BlackBerry Ltd., HTC America Inc., LG Electronics USA Inc., Microsoft Corp., Motorola Mobility LLC and Samsung Electronics America Inc. The companies are to list the mobile devices they’ve offered for sale in the U.S. since August 2013, the vulnerabilities associated with the gear, and whether they’ve offered patches, the FTC said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Bwahahahahaha!
Enjoy the inquiry, Google et al.
Apple’s going to come out smelling like a rose and Samsung and the rest of the iPhone knockoff peddlers are going to end up smelling like the Google Fragmandroid cesspool in which they live.
Now to be fair, this is only because Android is an inferior product peddled to cheapskate tech illiterates who do not value their privacy and/or who are unable to recognize a half-assed knockoff from the revolutionary original.
Android is a BlackBerry clone that was hastily rejiggered at the last minute to mimic iPhone in a panic by Google. Obviously, mistakes were made and corners were cut.
So, the Android rush-job is a privacy and security nightmare. It’s a fragmented morass. It’s too many cooks in the kitchen. It’s crap-by-committee lowest-common-denominator junk.
And anyone who rewards blatant thieves by settling for Android garbage deserves their fate.
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