Reply to post: Re: Epic fail... (Galaxy S6)

We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android


Re: Epic fail... (Galaxy S6)

As I noted above some of the Samsung phones were abandoned, but were later reinstated (for now), you can check this if you wish.

The real point is that there are a number of phones that have security support dropped after two years, and that Google themselves only specifically tout three years security updates as a feature for Enterprise certified phones.

This is somehow deemed as being 'good' - it isn't, it's below what would be expected as baseline performance for a mass market OS on a PC. Given that mobiles are frequently used to access sensitive information (confirming credit card purchases, banking/ebay/paypal/other site apps), as soon as security support is dropped they really should be treated as useful as a brick.

ALL phones should have security patches provided for a lifetime comparable with a PC based OS. In a sane world, all the mobile phone apps should also continue to be patched, and not forced to update to a new, bloated version that makes a handset unusable. This does go against the current mobile development ethos of 'continuous improvement' (continually broken), but that's because the current model is flawed.

Old phone of five years age should still be able to Facebook/whatever app with a new phone, with some common features, both with no security issues and acceptable performance.

If you look at Vista, one of the less loved versions of Windows, it was 'fully supported' for five years, and security patched for nine. For the last couple of years of its life cycle, just like Windows 7 now, whilst technically 'supported', various vendors were less than keen to update products to support it. Nevertheless that's a damn sight better than Android.

If people continue to accept this, the situation is likely to worsen, and this model is slowly reaching the PC. Don't roll over, or you'll find your PC is soon even less your own than you realised. Not that I'm a fan of Stallman, but he was basically right, as is Theo de Raadt (OpenBSD). If you don't control your own hardware and software, someone else controls it for you.

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