More than 68% of smartphone users are on the Android platform, and over half of them are using phones that are vulnerable to attacks. The most common complaint among Android users is the inability to receive updates and device patches in a timely manner, yet new smart devices are being introduced to the already crowded mobile market each year. Even though the phones are new, they are being sold with outdated software, and in some cases, they are never updated.
New research from Duo Security, a startup that has received funding from the United States Department of Defense, found that more than half of all Android smartphones contain unpatched vulnerabilities.
“The stat is based on over 20,000 users who downloaded and ran the X-Ray mobile application on their device, and the current global distribution of Android versions,” said Jon Oberheide, CTO of Duo Security, in an email to InformationWeek.