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 Alfman on Sun 13th May 2018 07:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Finally!"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

unclefester,

No Android version since KitKat is 'out of date'...


I honestly don't know what you mean by this? I think getting minor updates is a reasonable expectation. The way I see it, if google puts out a minor update and consumer phones never receive it, those phones are out of date.

Android is simply getting more bloated and resource heavy.

Android really needs to go into LTS mode and stop adding BS features and making constant useless. changes.


I don't object to this, but IMHO the lack of bug & security updates has been the bigger problem for my android devices.

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RE[6]: Finally!
by Yoko_T on Sun 13th May 2018 16:15 in reply to "RE[5]: Finally!"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

unclefester,

"No Android version since KitKat is 'out of date'...


I honestly don't know what you mean by this? I think getting minor updates is a reasonable expectation. The way I see it, if google puts out a minor update and consumer phones never receive it, those phones are out of date.

Android is simply getting more bloated and resource heavy.

Android really needs to go into LTS mode and stop adding BS features and making constant useless. changes.


I don't object to this, but IMHO the lack of bug & security updates has been the bigger problem for my android devices.
"

For those people who live in the *REAL* world, retailers like Target and online sites like Facebook who have access to their personal information and don't really protect it and/or give or sell it to others without their knowledge or permission are the *REAL* problem,not the nonsense you are babbling about.

Edited 2018-05-13 16:23 UTC

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RE[7]: Finally!
by Alfman on Sun 13th May 2018 19:56 in reply to "RE[6]: Finally!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Yoko_T,

For those people who live in the *REAL* world, retailers like Target and online sites like Facebook who have access to their personal information and don't really protect it and/or give or sell it to others without their knowledge or permission are the *REAL* problem,not the nonsense you are babbling about.


Mobile users are affected by the same kinds of vulnerabilities that can compromise computers. Buffer overruns are extremely problematic, for example:

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2972168/security/fourth-serious-vuln...

With most computer operating systems we have security updates to protect users from known exploits. The trouble with android devices is that many devices aren't getting updates from the manufacturers. It is pretty foolish to pretend that not having updates for known exploits isn't a problem!

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