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[ExtremeTech] Google throws nearly a billion Android users under the bus, refuses to patch OS vulnerability

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When it comes to providing security updates for previous products, various manufacturers have pursued different strategies. Some, like Microsoft, tend to provide security updates long after they’ve stopped selling an operating system (Microsoft only stopped providing Windows XP support last year). Others, like Google and Apple, have pursued tighter timelines for security updates. Google is now doubling down on that schedule, refusing to patch bugs in Android 4.3 or prior, even when those bugs could expose critical vulnerabilities on nearly a billion devices.

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I can imagine it would take a lot of work to patch every single version...unless they're all patched the same way? I like how this forces adoption of newer tech, but also dislike how obsolete your device may be.

Even more reason to get a Nexus Device and longer support.
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Good, maybe this will get manufacturers to actually update their devices instead of dropping support for them 6 months after they launch (doubtful but you never know). I use nexus devices though so I don't really care.
 
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*Checks Galaxy S4*

"Pheeew, Android 4.4.2!"

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Updated from 4.3 to 4.4.2 2 weeks ago... wth.gif

Didn't want to update as last time it broke my phone.
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I get that Apple has strict timelines because they push updates to almost all their devices within the last four years. By the time they cut support for you, your device is definitely too old and your battery barely lasts 10 minutes. Android, on the other hand, has phones on the market that never get updated. I remember getting the Atrix 2 which was not updated to ICS until long after JB came out. This is likely the case with other Androids as well.
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This puts the onus on the crap carriers IMO, which is exactly where it should be.
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This puts the onus on the crap carriers IMO, which is exactly where it should be.
I think you mean the phone manufacturers. Like Samsung, LG, etc... who handle the updates.
 
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This puts the onus on the crap carriers IMO, which is exactly where it should be.

No it doesn't this just helps give the carriers and designers more fuel to their buy and throw away cycle. I've been stuck on 4.3 since 2013 and it was the EOL for my device in support. I've been a chicken about ROMing because I never had the need but the way things are in the Andriod world are making where rooting/ROMing are a necessity. Just a terrible idea but if it helps sells more phones then the OEMs are happy.
     
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Is that why it takes Verizon so long to release OS upgrades?
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