Category: Android

Tom’s thoughts on the Android platform.

All aboard the fail boat…

Millions of Android devices are getting hit by a new batch of malware called Gooligan.
Android ‘Gooligan’ Hackers Just Scored The Biggest Ever Theft Of Google Accounts
Gooligan malware roots 1M Android phones in “largest Google account breach to date”

As the Forbes article mentioned…

Once downloaded, Gooligan determines which Android phone it’s infected and launches the appropriate exploits to “root” the device – i.e. take complete control over it. To do that, the attackers have used long-known vulnerabilities, such as VROOT and Towelroot, on devices running Android 4 through 5, including Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop. Together, those operating systems account for 74 per cent of Android devices in use today, totalling around 1.03 billion. Most infections (40 per cent) are in Asia, though 19 per cent are in the Americas, most of which are in North America, Shaulov said. Another 12 per cent are based in Europe.

And I bet you’re all asking why? Yeah… it’s because your Android device hasn’t received any critical software updates. This is why I switched to the iPhone. The reason… security updates and operating system updates.

To those that don’t know about all of this, let me inform you. Your device has two major software layers; the operating system and the apps that you use like Facebook, email, web browser, etc. What many people see as updates are just app updates, these aren’t patching issues with the operating system itself (Android). The problem is many devices don’t get these operating system updates. Think of operating system updates like Windows Updates. Well… your apps may have been updated but your operating system is still very very vulnerable to being hacked by hackers to steal your data.

I bet you’re asking why. Why doesn’t my device get these updates? Simple. Money. That’s right… money. Your carrier and your Android OEM (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.) would much rather have you buy a new device instead. But here’s the kicker… if you buy that new device they’re only going to turn around and do the same thing that they did to your older device, that is… abandon it only to tell you to buy a new device instead. This keeps you forever on the upgrade treadmill because it makes them money, truckloads of money.

Now, you may have heard about something called the Apple iPhone. The difference between Android and iPhones is that when Apple came out with the iPhone they pretty much told the carriers (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) that they were going to do things their way. They were going to push the software updates themselves. This allows Apple is be able to push software updates to every iPhone across the world so that your iPhone gets the latest and patched iOS version the same day that everyone across the world gets it so that your device remains far more secure than any Android.

Security experts agree… if you care about security and that data on your phone, you buy an iPhone. They may be more expensive but in the end your device is getting supported by Apple unlike Android in which they don’t care about you.

Not only that but if you have a problem or question a simple trip to the Apple Store or a phone call to Apple is all you need, they will help you figure out what’s wrong and help you fix it. You don’t get that kind of safety net with Android devices.

Why doesn’t my Android device enjoy the same updates that iPhone users enjoy? Part 2…

In Part 1 we talked about the economics of Android, namely the fact that Android is practically a money printing machine. In Part 2 we’re going to talk about the technical side of things and how the carriers in the US manage to screw things up royally for everyone involved. In the United States the …

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Why doesn’t my Android device enjoy the same updates that iPhone users enjoy?

Alright, let’s get something straight here… I’m going to argue this topic purely from an economic point of view, not a technical one, but an economic point of view. With that being said, let’s continue… When an Android OEM is about to come out with a new device what does the Android OEM do? Think …

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