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Saturday, 01 April 2017 17:00

If you need one reason iPhone is better than ANY Android device, THIS is definitely it

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ANDROID and iOS smartphones are neck and neck in almost every aspect – camera, speed, battery life, apps, design – except one. And it's an important one.

Google this month published its Android Security Year in Review – an update on the company's ongoing push to get third-party phone manufacturers to adopt security updates as fast as possible.

Unfortunately, while there is undoubtedly more hardware variety and choice within the Android ecosystem, a worrying number of these manufacturers are slow to adopt operating system updates and critical security patches.

 is well aware of the problem, and has desperately been looking for a solution for years.The California-based company even considered a plan to publicly name and shame mobile carriers and device makers that drag their feet with important updates.

Sadly, despite its impassioned efforts, progress has been slow for .

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Android Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data..

Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Android security team member Adrian Ludwig recently told TechCrunch that as of the end of 2016 some 78 per cent of all flagship smartphones in North America were up-to-date with security patches.

That's not bad.

Unfortunately, when you move beyond high-end flagship devices in North America – that progress quickly dissipates.

"About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year" Mr Ludwig admitted in a Google blog post.

Yes, that's right. "About half" of all Android devices did not get a single security update in the last year.

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

That's pretty alarming – especially given some of the sophisticated new hacks that are circulating.

By comparison, a little over five months after iOS 10 was released to the public – the new mobile operating system accounts for some 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by 

That means those iOS users are well protected against the latest security threats.

Thanks to its tight control of both hardware and software, Apple is capable of pushing device owners to the latest software updates.

The technology firm also persistently notifies iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners to update to the latest iOS version, including offering the option to have the software update install overnight while the device is plugged in.

Google is working on new fixes that should make it easier and faster for its hardware partners to issue updates, like Apple does with its iOS devices.

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Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display

, Mr Ludwig confirms: "We're working to increase device security updates by streamlining our security update program to make it easier for manufacturers to deploy security patches and releasing A/B updates to make it easier for users to apply those patches."

However even if manufacturers manage to streamline the roll-out of their security patches – Android smartphone owners will still be at the mercy of mobile carriers.

The most reliable way to ensure your Android device is up-to-date and protected against the latest security threats is to use a Nexus or Pixel phone, since these are overseen by Google itself.

Source : express.co.uk

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