1. Fidel Mercado's Avatar
    I am an Android User and I applaud the effort to patch the everchanging OS vulnerabilities And I especially look forward to a potential Blackberry hybrid. However securing the OS really seems, harder than advertised, I just read the article posted below... Please read and share your thoughts.

    Google releases Stagefright megabug patch for phones | Technology | The Guardian

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    08-06-15 05:02 PM
  2. Troy Tiscareno's Avatar
    Google's model has advantages and disadvantages. Rolling out updates is one of the disadvantages - Android has over 200 manufacturing licensees (and others who aren't officially licensed), and Android devices aren't limited to phones and tablets, but all kinds of other things as well (car stereos, for example).

    This is why, a couple of years ago, Google started taking much tighter control of Android via Google Services, and moved as many parts of the OS out of the AOSP and into Google Play. This allows Google to update virtually all Google apps and many components of the OS directly, without having to wait on manufacturers to update the OS on their own. Many bugs and vulnerabilities can be fixed in this way, that otherwise wouldn't have been fixed at all on older devices.

    Not all things can be fixed this way, of course, and full OS updates are still needed. The pattern by manufacturers has been made pretty clear, though: big US-market manufacturers (Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Sony, etc.) support most phones for 18-24 months, and flagships often for longer. Entry-level phones tend to get the least support, especially if they are introduced a version or more behind the current version of Android, and relatively no-name brands (in the US, anyway) get little if any after-sale support - the phones are cheap and treated as disposable. (There's the whole "alternative ROMs" thing to keep your hardware up-to-date, but that's a different discussion.)

    Still, the Android model, by its very nature, isn't ever going to be like iOS, BB10, or even WinPhone, because the open nature of Android allows manufacturers to make far more changes to it than with any other OS - this will (potentially) allow BB to make a remarkably-BB10-type "experience" on Android if they choose. But it certainly means that less popular devices, especially from less-well-known companies, aren't nearly as likely to be updated.

    But the (relatively) free market will deal with this, just like everything else. The big manufacturers are far more diligent today than they were in the past, because when they weren't, the market punished them. The market will similarly punish new entrants who don't provide updates like the big boys (unless low price or something else can overcome this, which is increasingly less likely as the market stabilizes). Expect a lot of consolidation and bankruptcies as smartphone companies fail because they underperformed, and as the market gets more educated and sophisticated.

    You can't buy an Apple watch other than the single iWatch model (and no WinPhone watch or BB10 watch), you can't buy a car stereo with any other mobile phone OS, you can't buy an iPhone with a keyboard, etc. That's the downside of the tight hardware/software integration, and the reason why Android runs on >80% of the world's mobile devices.

    There are always trade-offs and consequences to every decision. That's what makes free markets and free will great - not everyone needs or values the same things.
    08-06-15 05:32 PM
  3. BB-JAM215's Avatar
    One of advantages of using an OS like BB10 is that due to its small market share, it is much less likely to be targeted than a more popular OS such as Android or IOS.
    08-06-15 05:33 PM
  4. keithhackneysmullet's Avatar
    It's up to manufacturers and carriers to implement the software update .Google really needs to rethink how much they allow oem's to stray from the pure android path. Right now Google can only push the update to the oem's and pray they implement it into their software in a timely manner.

    Most android devices effected by stagefreight will never be patched because oem's stopped supporting those devices long ago. We will be lucky to see 10% of effected android phones patched .

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    08-06-15 05:55 PM
  5. Troy Tiscareno's Avatar
    Most android devices effected by stagefreight will never be patched because oem's stopped supporting those devices long ago. We will be lucky to see 10% of effected android phones patched.
    In the US at least, that number is likely to be 50% or more - mostly because US customers tend to buy flagship phones at a much higher rate, and even older flagships are being patched. And given the seriousness of this patch, you may see a higher-than-normal level of support for older/lower-end devices as well. But if you're carrying a 3+ year-old phone (and it isn't a Galaxy S3), then you have to know that such is the price of staying with old, unsupported hardware. It's not a lot different than people still running ancient PCs on WinXP and complaining that they aren't being patched anymore. Most non-flagship phones (in the US) are supported for 18-24 months, and that's just how it is.
    08-07-15 01:06 AM
  6. keithhackneysmullet's Avatar
    Most non flagship phones aren't supported at all especially from budget oems.

    Posted via CB10
    08-07-15 09:41 AM

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