Nearly a billion users at risk from a newly found Android bug Google won't fix

By Justin Kahn
Jan 14, 2015
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  1. Just days after Microsoft criticized Google for publishing a flaw found in Windows 8.1, the search giant is now getting a taste of its own medicine. A group of researchers have spotted an ugly vulnerability within older versions of Android...

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  2. The problem is Google CAN patch this bug, but no phone manufacturer will bother to release an update for their phones. The phone manufacturers want you to buy a new phone. If they continue to support old phones people will not see a need to buy a new one. Same goes for carriers. They make more money locking you into a contract when you buy a new phone plus they make you pay more for the phone than if you bought it from the manufacturer. Besides, if a phone manufacturer updates Android for a specific phone, there's little chance carriers will pass the update along.

    If you own a Nexus phone, this bug is of little concern. Just upgrade your phone to Kit Kat or Lollipop. I'm glad I bought a Google Nexus 5 from Google. I'm not tied to ANY carrier and can switch whenever I like. Plus, I get frequent updates that fix bugs and add features.
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,267   +101

    Is it bad that I give no f*cks and stopped reading after that?
  4. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Whelp, everyone else can use a custom ROM to avoid this vulnerability, I already have. Cyanogenmod is a good ROM, and their one-click installer is dirt-simple to use.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    Effe google, I'll get a windows phone as soon as W10 is released.
    Auth3ntic0 likes this.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Do you honestly think Microsoft will treat you any better? Outdated is outdated in both their eyes.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    At least I'll get an OS that WILL be patched, even if it takes some time to happen. Specially now that it'll converge into one single system to rule them all.

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