Mobile Industry Slow to Push Android Updates to Users

In the last few years, mobile industries have evolved from basic paging services to now being called, installing of applications, social networking, push services, live synchronization, streaming of videos, creating of blogs and checking of websites and many more. It is currently slowly becoming a mini desktop with most of its functions is now embedded with it apart from only a few. Only, typing of a large chunk of writing is difficult with a smart phone but one can easily write about 200 to 300 worded articles by employing predictive text technology.

Life has become so simple with all information about your perusal due to constant internet connectivity and regular information availability due to big search engines. Search engines like Google and Bing have been providing information on a mass scale to users and ranking websites as such so as the user can easily retrieve required information in which they are liable to learn from its resources? For the last few years, android from Google has been a revelation with regular application and feature updates for most of its devices. Android is platform independent and for this various different hardware manufacturers are now using it as the most preferable operating system.

There are of two ways for these original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are now engaging with android operating system. Android has given them the most preferred and favorable ways to modify it and customize it in accordance with their company’s profile and for this when some have android phone from Samsung. It will look completely different in android phone from Sony’s. There was a time; people do not have the wildest form of imagination of thinking of malware present in mobile devices. Now, it is a reality due to extreme popularity of android as mobile operating system in market and according to latest survey it is the most preferred and most of market category is being taken over by it and its immediate competitor is far always from its percentages of market share.

In the past and now presently, Windows operating system from Microsoft was constantly favorite child of hackers due to extreme popularity and use of a large chunk of people all around the world. This creates a sense of recklessness among many people and attackers constantly looks for such opportunities of vulnerabilities all across the continent to hack into a single system. Similarly, in the same set of principles to android is now being constantly in attack from hackers and now they have found that an android can store much more than desktop or laptop replacements.

Google knows the secret of the internet as it is giant of the Internet and for this it is releasing constant operating system updates. Its release cycle of operating system is quite fast and for this it is pertinent for hardware manufacturers to update modified versions of android which they are utilizing to be updated timely. According to Google’s policy of android with an original equipment manufacturer, Google cannot update its operating system, if such hardware manufacturer has used some sort of customized version of Android. Come here and look at Galaxy grand Duos from Samsung powered by Android. It is yet to receive its android kit kat update as in earlier. It is late to provide Android jelly bean updates, but it has been distributed to most of its users all across the world.

Now, Google cannot auto update these operating systems. Google has introduced its nexus android phone series which can be automatically updated from Google as there are no such modifications are there as it is straight from Google and operating system update itself. With Samsung, its android series is known as the Galaxy series and most of its mid segment smart phones are yet to be updated to the latest highly responsive mobile operating system. Samsung is perceived to be known for delaying installation of updating of the operating system may be due to some customizations needed before installing this on their devices. Due to large scale malwares lurking in and around many android devices, it is pertinent for hardware manufacturer should update android operating systems which are timely released from Google but inconsistent manufacturer is delaying its imminent releases for the reason better known to them.

In the early years of Windows XP, when windows become highly successful due to the wonderful graphical user interface (GUI) and superior quality of work environment, more and more hackers have constantly made a target to be from time to time. Nevertheless, it became a completely four years later when Microsoft releases its Windows XP service pack 2 to take security of its operating system to a completely newer level and from that year Microsoft is constantly releasing more and more patches in second Tuesday of every month. Then, slowly this operating system becomes highly successful and their successor operating systems have become stronger in terms of the newer operating system environment.

Android needs to have constant security updates like Windows, and for this Google and hardware manufacturers should strive upon devise one integrated plan in order to have constant flow of patches that can save android enabled devices irrespective of platform and company they use should have a constant security updates and protect from hackers so that phone does not become lag with RAM (Random access memory) and hardware issues. But it is not as easy as it is used to be the desktop environment. As with desktop, entire connectivity stays with its update notifications channels and Microsoft have an entire update website which is dedicated to this. Google should create such update website dedicated to android to release persistent security patches. Google is going with data security and it is making a secure environment irrespective of device user use.

Still it seems it is not self-sufficient as with it only data used by the user can be retrieved but what about constant lagging time of phone and delay response time and malware intrusions. There is another school of thoughts which say that a warranty android phone is good and self-sufficient and does not require any third party firewall installation. This means in no way the strong security infrastructure of a warranty phone cannot be broken into and in this way by implementing other forms of application restriction policies such as verify application before they use and installation of application from recognized sources gives way to a set of proper defined environment where users who follows these advices is to have a completely secure mobile operating system environment devoid of any such malware attacks. What Google should do to be to create a single line updating system irrespective of hardware manufacture and should provide stronger updates from time to time. In this way, each and every android device can have ample form of firmware updates and each device becomes secure and constantly updated.

In 2011, Google has created an android update alliance with different mobile careers and different prominent hardware developers so that a constant update on major devices can be sent to different devices from time to time. The time limit for update was set to 18 months broadly based on the US (United States) standard of holding a mobile for such days, but alternatively, this standard time is different in India and some other countries. How all these need to be tackled intelligently and Google needs to realize that people of India has been using the devices for more days and for this entire update cycle should be reconsidered and update of devices must be done slightly lower time than it was anticipated of doing so in US and some European countries. Google is producing updates of Android, on the other hand, many hardware manufacturers are not sending this and they are limiting these updates to specific bigger and expensive smart phone markets than the middle level smart phone users who constitute in large chunk of market of hardware manufacturers.

This will be the biggest worry for Google in the future as it wants to have superior quality for most of android users but sadly, many hardware manufacturers are not listening to this. On Google front it is releasing many updates, but most of these are not reaching to end customers. With android even users cannot single handedly update its mobile operating system as it can check with it through internet connectivity but if hardware manufacturer has not released the constant and stable version of this update, then benefits to users will not be reaching at the time. On the other hand, this does not pose a problem for Apple mobile operating system and Windows Mobile operating system from Microsoft. They are sending updated to these devices from time to time and also patching the operating system according to security environments. It does not believe that bigger carriers are sooner to patch the android phones than smaller careers.

Most times, there are many instances of how bigger careers are taking the space of delaying patching of devices. With the advent of Indian made hardware companies, such as Micromax, Zolo and their selling of high end devices in mid level market segment have given rise to stiffer competition among all these units and then the bigger hardware vendors have been feeling the brunt of pressures from all around. There is some school of thoughts which feel deep about how such scale of updating of mobile devices is not so recommended considering the point from where one can find deeper meaning attached with the system of superior security. In some years, perhaps customer will prefer mobile operating system which updates itself from time to time and as they are in the habit of updating the desktop operating system and for this they want periodical updates to their mobile products.

Google is always first to see the opportunity but due to different set of distribution formula it is currently agreeing with different hardware vendors, it is now simply releasing to time to time update of its own set up applications such as You Tube, Chrome browser, Google Play Music, Google+ and Google Photos and many of its varied applications that has been there with every android mobile phones. Still, people want more through constant security updates that will make their phone stronger and healthier. Even if, Google releases security patches still carriers can block those if they do not want to release these updates to clients. It is high time to create coordination among different units of mobile structure such as Google, hardware carriers and internet carriers.

So far, Android has been best in keeping security Google services and applications installed from Google Play services. If someone downloads application from Samsung play services, Amazon applications store or other third party applications stores, where it is difficult for an android to scan these applications. It is difficult for android enabled devices to scan for these and for this it is essentially a constant security updates from Google and this should be allowed from hardware manufacturers. With Android devices, one has to make a perfect match between security and cloud. Most of Android applications are now optimized with cloud enabled services and it aims to store data in distant cloud server and for this it is highly essential for all android devices to go for a complete security set up so that entire gambit of security within organizational sphere can be properly summaries from there.

Since, many individuals are carrying important data within smart phones, and many hackers and thieves are lurking upon to steal those data from different sources, it is essential for individual to install third party antivirus applications for android so as to make it more secure than ever before. I have installed Norton security for mobile and it is scanning installation of applications from diverse application stores including Google Play Store. Recently, on Samsung Apps, one paid application is being given free to users. After downloading it and when it comes to installation the installer has asked for the default installation package and I have selected Norton installer and it has scanned it and showed that the said application consists of ad ware and I abort the installation process.

For sure Google can utmost go Microsoft way of creating one better security application for Android so that it can send updates through this applications from time to time and in this way entire scanning and installation process can be properly guarded with and advent of malwares into android phones can be stopped entirely. While data with cloud most times, there is no need to secure the physical server as most of the data have been within the ambit of the cloud and it will not go to him for anything much about it. Rolling out traditional and unconventional security solutions can be difficult to manage with but with the advent of more and more advance security solutions users can find better way to deal with most of ad ware and malwares and stop these attacks before these has been surfaced from within premises of android operating system.


 

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