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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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RE: apple not fragmented????
By Tony Swash on 2/8/2013 11:02:09 AM , Rating: -1
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Exactly... Its funny when even Wozniak agrees IOS is lagging.


Wozniak's comments are telling especially given what the guy has achieved in the last 30 years ;)


RE: apple not fragmented????
By retrospooty on 2/8/2013 11:08:30 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... I cant blame him for that. If I got rich 30 years ago, I would work hard either. I would do nothing but play all day.

His opinion is still valid, its the same thing I have been saying for months, so have many others. The iPhone is lagging behind the competition. Put simply, you can do more with almost any other high end phone on the market. There are alot of missing featuresm and IOS is stagnating, while Android, WP8 and BB10 are improving. If Apple doesnt do something to catch up, sales will start to be effected.


RE: apple not fragmented????
By drycrust3 on 2/8/2013 3:02:06 PM , Rating: 1
Just because a person doesn't do things that gain world wide attention doesn't mean those things aren't important. In some ways developing an internationally known (but now totally obsolete) computer in one's youth is far less important than having well behaved children.


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