Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2018 22:47 UTC
Android

Updates are easily the biggest problem facing the Android ecosystem, and Google is working hard to fix that. Project Treble has proven that it's capable of making updates easier, and now Google is stepping up requirements for OEMs when it comes to security patches.

Every little step in this department is a welcome one. It's not yet clear what, exactly, the requirements entail, but hopefully, it's a strict and hard requirement to publish every monthly security update.

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RE[5]: Finally!
by oiaohm on Sat 12th May 2018 23:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Finally!"
oiaohm
Member since:
2009-05-30

The real thing is that the number of people who care about updates is highly overestimated by the geek community.

I have said it many times before, but the OS updates are too frequent, there is hardly anything in them that anyone care about. Same with many other pieces of software, update notifications and list of what (nothing) is new is the new cookie warning annoyance.


You have the wrong point of view. People don't care about security until they have the device breached and their bank account emptied.

Updates are important. Now if you want to drop frequency of need updates you have to drop bug count. Drop bug count means improve quality control procedures.

Of course just like general users don't show that much interest in updates until after they are burnt. General users don't demand software makers use the best quality control processes possible either. I guess why is they don't want the pay 4 to 5 the current price for computer stuff.

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RE[6]: Finally!
by Alfman on Sun 13th May 2018 06:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Finally!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

oiaohm,

You have the wrong point of view. People don't care about security until they have the device breached and their bank account emptied.

Updates are important. Now if you want to drop frequency of need updates you have to drop bug count. Drop bug count means improve quality control procedures.


Those are excellent points. Users do care about after sale support and breaches once problems arise, but they often overlook lousy support options at the time of sale. I would think that if they could know ahead of time the specific problems they would face, then it would obviously become factored into their buying decisions, but alas the future can come as a surprise.

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RE[6]: Finally!
by Troels on Sun 13th May 2018 07:54 in reply to "RE[5]: Finally!"
Troels Member since:
2005-07-11

Yes, security updates should be released when needed. I am talking about feature updates. It would be much easier for everyone to handle if Google only released every 3rd android version and instead only released security and bug fixes and app updates in between.

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RE[6]: Finally!
by Yoko_T on Sun 13th May 2018 15:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Finally!"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

"The real thing is that the number of people who care about updates is highly overestimated by the geek community.

I have said it many times before, but the OS updates are too frequent, there is hardly anything in them that anyone care about. Same with many other pieces of software, update notifications and list of what (nothing) is new is the new cookie warning annoyance.


You have the wrong point of view. People don't care about security until they have the device breached and their bank account emptied.

Updates are important. Now if you want to drop frequency of need updates you have to drop bug count. Drop bug count means improve quality control procedures.

Of course just like general users don't show that much interest in updates until after they are burnt. General users don't demand software makers use the best quality control processes possible either. I guess why is they don't want the pay 4 to 5 the current price for computer stuff.
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You are totally clueless. The threats aren't from lack of "security" or "updates" for the phones or other devices, but the online sites that handle credit card information and other places like Facebook.

Edited 2018-05-13 15:48 UTC

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