About 60 percent of android smartphones and tablets users have old Android OS running on their machines.
Google has decided not to fix old security flaws that are still known and reside in old android OS. Jelly Beans 4.3 Android OS has a bug in its unbranded web browser which is still a known bug and that seems to go unpatched leaving its users exposed to hackers.
Adrian Ludwig posted on Google Plus social media “Keeping software up to date is one of the greatest challenges in security” while continuing that the browser is based on WebKit engine which is more than 2 years old and to fix its vulnerability in Android Jelly Bean 4.3 and earlier version is useless and not practical to do safely.
Last Saturday 24.01.2015, Google officially confirmed that Ludwig’s post reflects its position on this situation.
While security experts are frustrated and upset with the company decision as the hackers might be able to target millions of people using android smart phones running older version. According to Ludwiq’s view users are upgrading their OS all the time and the gap is shrinking between old Android OS and the new one. But there are people who are using the same old phones and might not be interested in upgrading their phone or they don’t have the capacity to buy new smartphone and the speed of upgrading to new OS is rather very slow. So its not practical to leave the old android OS user to be exposed for hackers.
Official Google’s Android Usage Statistics
- 39.1 percent uses new Android OS KitKat 4.4
- 1/10 or less uses Android Lollipop 5.0
- 60% Uses Android Jelly Bean 4.3 and older version
which concludes that the biggest android mobile users are still at risk of getting hit by hackers at any point of time.
Well the ideal way of dealing with the browser bug in Android 4.3 Jelly Beans is to use a different browser rather than a built-in one.
Mozilla Firefox, Opera and there are many other which are using different browser engines to give you security, reliability and are up to date from all security flaws.