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Fragmentation may need users wondering who should be patching their Android devices

Android fragmentation has been a significant problem for Android smartphone users, smartphone makers, and developers for a long time. Hardware capabilities of Android devices vary widely and not all smartphone manufacturers are willing to give older smartphones upgrades to the latest versions of Android OS (hoping instead that customers will simply buy a new smartphone).

Security researchers are now saying that the rampant fragmentation in the Android market could leave users vulnerable to attacks. According to the researchers, one of the major problems is that it remains unclear who is responsible for patching the Android operating system on smartphones on the market.
The question is should Google, the smartphone maker, or the wireless carrier be offering fixes for security issues. Google often moves quickly to patch security problems, but carriers and smartphone makers that use a customized operating system may drag their feet or simply not offer the fix at all.

This fact, according to security experts, means that the Android operating system leaves users more vulnerable to hackers, scam artists, and malware than competing operating systems.

“You have potentially millions of Androids making their way into the work space, accessing confidential documents,” said Christopher Soghoian, a former Federal Trade Commission technology expert who now works for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s like a really dry forest, and it’s just waiting for a match.”

The researchers say that if a major malware outbreak for Android devices surfaces, the system for updating smartphones using Android could dramatically slow efforts to protect information carried on the devices.

Source: Washington Post

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By GotThumbs on 2/8/2013 10:06:25 AM , Rating: 2
Security is not just about APPS, but your phones settings and data sharing. Again, self education is the key.

I would like to see a way to bypass the carriers install and go vanilla Android. While older phones would not be a snappy on the latest OS, I would like the choice.

Best wishes on your choices,

By retrospooty on 2/8/2013 10:07:54 AM , Rating: 1
"I would like to see a way to bypass the carriers install and go vanilla Android"

Done... Cyanogenmod!

By retrospooty on 2/8/2013 10:08:48 AM , Rating: 2
I menat to add... I have been running CM10.1 (Android 4.2.1) on my GS3 for several weeks now. Its absolutely brilliant.

By retrospooty on 2/8/2013 10:09:59 AM , Rating: 3
I "menat" to type better too.

By Rukkian on 2/8/2013 1:21:24 PM , Rating: 2
AOKP 4.2.1 on my GNEX, and love it.

By Spuke on 2/8/2013 2:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
AOKP 4.2.1 on my GNEX, and love it.
Is that the Samsung GNEX? I'd love to upgrade mine if it is. Not sure why it hasn't been pushed OTA.

By Rukkian on 2/11/2013 5:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
That is correct, I have the verizon Galaxy Nexus, and while it is slightly annoying that Verizon has gotten in the middle of the updates, I have been on aokp for almost a year now, and it has pretty much always been rock solid, with some very nice added features.

By Spuke on 2/8/2013 2:27:48 PM , Rating: 2
I menat to add... I have been running CM10.1 (Android 4.2.1) on my GS3 for several weeks now. Its absolutely brilliant.
Damn, didn't know there was a JB ROM for that. Works great huh?

By retrospooty on 2/8/2013 2:43:35 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah. They had CM10 (Android 4.1) for months and months now. CM10.1 (Android 4.2.1) has been out for well over a month for the GS3. They are usually right on top of things with every high end phone. Anyhow, get it, its great, and no Samsung bloatware in the way. They have nightly builds and monthly stable releases.

Go here...

The GS3's are listed below. Find the right carrier model and get the latest "M Snapshot" (the monthly stable release)


By Spuke on 2/8/2013 5:50:48 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks much!!!

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