Android vendors have been often found to be claiming about their smartphones getting consistent updates along with the recent protective measures. However, it seems like their words can’t be taken for granted. Latest research at Security Research Laboratory in Germany has discovered that many vendors of android are wrongly informing customers that their devices are continuing the most recent updates. However, on a practical note, their firmware updates can conclude excluding some of the crucial patches, those are mostly occasional.
This has been found out by Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell at Security Research Labs in Berlin. These are the people who have gone through more than 1,200 firmware samples from smartphones provided to more than twelve vendors. Big technology giants like Google, Samsung, and Sony hold the most incredible record in terms of installing the patches. On the other hand, the Chinese vendors, starting from Motorola, TCL, to ZTE have found issues while dealing with those.
It’s already very much known that the Android phones often get the most recent upgrades after several weeks (even after months), after being officially released by Google. In certain occasions, some devices don’t receive those at all. Android ecosystem is said to be one of the prominent reasons behind them. It spans over a huge multitude of manufacturers and also the network carriers, most of those are tweaking the Android platform to turn their devices distinguishing.
Nohl and Lell opted for investigating the devices that had allegedly got and installed the most recent upgrades. Especially, they aimed at the most severe flaws and the most challenging bugs, those appeared in 2017, and whether the vendors were actually relieving those or not.
Both the researchers have released a note on their studies. Manufacturers from China, like TCL and ZTE used to be among the prime offenders and on average were having more than 4 fixes missing with their devices.
But, the devices with the most challenging issues were those made with the processor from Taiwanese manufacturer MediaTek. On a whole, these devices were having 9.7 missing patches.
According to Nohl, the issues of patching can be condemned for the utter intricacy of the Android ecosystem, and a weak quality check. Every time Google comes with a software upgrade, the smartphone chipset companies like Qualcomm and MediaTek perform the quality check. They do tweaks; deliver the software to Android smartphone manufacturers for integrating. But, these companies should check out the android tool as well, specifically with a range of devices.