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According to a Wired article, "Google has long struggled with how best to get dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers-and hundreds of carriers-to regularly push out security-focused software updates".

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It was also reported by the Cybersecurity analysts from Security Research Labs (SRL) that apart from the missed updates some OEMs also lie about releasing the security updates altogether. They have examined about 1,200 firmware samples taken from various smartphones which are sourced to various vendors.

NOhl and Lell made a decision to carry out an investigation on the Android smartphones who received and install the latest Android updates. Huawei, HTC, Motorola, and LG were found to be lacking as many as four, and ZTE and TCL were missing more than four updates in many cases.

"As more Africans come online every year, using mobile phones as their primary and sometimes only internet device, online is not somewhere they "go" anymore but where they live, connecting with people, places and things that matter to them".

Very Warm Today, but Storms on Sunday
Drier weather will return from west to east Sunday midday and afternoon with a little sun, but a cold, gusty wind at times. In addition to the snow, cold air will flood the state with highs on Saturday in the upper 30s to middle 40s.

According to Nohl and Lell, one reason for the tardiness or gap in patch delivery may be the chipset (CPU) providers, where researchers noticed that one specific company -Mediatek- was often lagging 9-10 patches behind. "We're working with them to improve their detection mechanisms to account for situations where a device uses an alternate security update instead of the Google suggested security update". In fact, TCL and ZTE are the only two names that have been found to top the list by skipping the security patch updates, despite showing in the Device Info section that updates are installed. Google also reportedly points out that some devices may have had updates skipped due to vendors simply removing a feature that had the vulnerability as opposed to sending out an update, which would likely be a quicker process.

A few vendors didn't install the patches at all, and just moved the date forward, which can only be described as "deliberate deception", but thankfully found that it wasn't widespread.

"Modern operating systems include several security barriers ... all of which typically need to be breached to remotely hack a phone".

"Built-in platform protections, such as application sandboxing, and security services, such as Google Play Protect, are just as important", he said. The more alarming detail is not that the security patches had been missed, but rather the number of times that the patches weren't applied.

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