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Google has extended its anti-social engineering Chrome tool to Android, making big efforts to reduce blacklists bandwidth costs along the way. The Red Screen of malware Dearth officially branded Safe Browsing has long been a feature of Chrome desktop platforms where bandwidth and processing requirements are much less …

  1. John Tserkezis

    "Network bandwidth and battery are the scarcest resources on a mobile device, so we had to carefully rethink how to best protect mobile users."

    Really? Because that's the entire opposite that everyone else is doing. Including Google.

    No, wait, sorry, they don't count their ad business. Sorry, as you were.

  2. Robert Helpmann??
    Childcatcher

    Tragic by Design

    Android KitKat (version 4.4) is tragically still the most widely-used Android type running on more than a third of handsets...

    ... because carriers refuse to support the devices they sell as a way to encourage people to upgrade when the next bit of kit comes out. These numbers would suggest it's not working and that the only real effect is that their customers are put at risk through this policy.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Tragic by Design

      Tragically El Reg seem to fail to comprehend that you can patch older versions of android just fine. Many vendors do this, rather than risk breaking things with major version changes that offer no user benefit. (There is no significant user benefit going from android 4 to 6 , it still runs the same apps, all the good stuff is now updated via play services)

      1. dotdavid

        Re: Tragic by Design

        "Many vendors do this, rather than risk breaking things with major version changes that offer no user benefit"

        I think [citation needed] is appropriate here. True, some vendors publish patches that retain the major Android release as you say, but the support periods are often far shorter than the useful life of the phone and the period of time it is available for sale. And a lot of vendors don't even bother with that. It's definitely a problem, and that's coming from me an avowed "fandroid".

    2. kryptonaut
      Unhappy

      Re: Tragic by Design

      It also doesn't help that newer versions of Android do not run well on 'older' hardware - I updated my Nexus 7 (2012 version so all of 3 years old) to Lollipop and it became so slow as to be next to useless. Same thing happens with iOS updates. Anyone would think they want us to be forced into buying new hardware just to be able to run the new software.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Tragic by Design

        And what did that lollipop give you in real terms? Nothing. All the good stuff is in the play services and apps. The api changes are minimal, you will still be able to run all the apps.

        In other words, there is huge significance placed by geeks on having the latest OS version number, because in apples world, all the core apps are never updated independently. However in android, that is a key difference. As long as you get secuirty updates (and the reputable manufacturers do - Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC etc), then the latest android version is no big deal other that a few new bells and whistles.

  3. frank ly
    Coat

    Dearth mauls malware

    Just an idea.

    1. Anonymous Custard
      Joke

      Re: Dearth mauls malware

      Is he from SW: The Force Awakens?

      1. Fatman
        Joke

        Re: Dearth mauls malware

        Are you sure the title shouldn't be:

        SW: The Farce Awakens?

  4. dotdavid

    "It is not clear what version of Play Services and Chrome those Android slackers can get"

    The latest Play Services is compatible with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and higher, so pretty much all Android phones.

    https://developers.google.com/android/guides/setup

    I'm not trying to say that the Android "lack of updates" problem isn't a problem, but it's silly to drag Google Play Services into your complaints about lack of updates when it's one of the components of (Google-apps-running) Android that *is* actually automatically updated.

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