Researchers Claim Android Fragmentation Leaves Users Vulnerable to Attacks
February 8, 2013 8:37 AM
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Fragmentation may need users wondering who should be patching their Android devices
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.
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I wish Google controlled updates.
2/8/2013 12:47:41 PM
Personally, I wish Google controlled updates. Want to know why the market is fragmented? Check this out:
1. Google released Android 4.0 on December 16, 2011.
2. HTC promised to have 4.0 released for my model of phone by August of 2012(A leaked build from about that time shows they did in fact create it).
3. On Feburary 5th 2013 Verizon finally pushes the 4.0 update out over the air.
4. In the interim, Google has release two more major versions of Android. You can bet your sweat ass this phone will never see either of them.
My phone has been updated to 4.0 and running nicely since Verizon released the update. I'm enjoying the new features and haven't noticed any bugs or performance problems so far, so the hardware seems capable.
My next pone will be a Google Nexus device, the manufacturers and carriers are just getting in the way.
RE: I wish Google controlled updates.
2/8/2013 2:36:24 PM
CM that shit dude!
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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