Older versions of Android are likely more vulnerable


Google’s mobile operating system Android has always been accused of too much fragmentation between versions. Today, as every month on time, has presented the results of adaptation to each of the versions that now live in the market. The results are clear: the vast majority of users who use Android are still anchored in one of the older versions, Gingerbread. According to data collected for fourteen days until last January 3, 2013, 47.4% of the users of this operating system have a phone running versions 2.3.3 to 2.3.7, framed within the denomination Gingerbread. And that so far have been released multiple versions like 3.1 Honeycomb, exclusively for tablets, the 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latest, Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2, still very rare in smartphones today.

Many users are still using older versions of Android on your mobile

Firms like the Korean LG have left outdated to many users who are not yet ready to change your device on the other. So no wonder Gingerbread remains for many the first and last version that have phone function.

Android 1.6 Donut (0.2%), 2.1 Eclair (2.4%) and 2.2 Froyo (9.0%) are banned, because of course, only the oldest and first smartphones to hit the market work through these versions. The abandonment of these releases dance on par with the acquisition of new handsets by the vast majority of users who have already launched the world smartphone and want to keep abreast of the latest technologies. Gingerbread still holds the 47.4% of the share, being the version that Android users use. Some of the blame for this impasse is all that many brands have not updated their most classic terminals, either because they have decided to plunge them into disrepair or because they simply do not have the necessary equipment to support the new editions. Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) has gone unnoticed by the history of Android.

Different is the proliferation of devices with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), majority version after Gingerbread. Up to 29.1% of the users work with this edition, as valid for tablets to smartphones. Less substantial is the number of phones that have been able to move to the next version of this chain. We referring, of course, to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Large terminals leading firms, read Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note or major flagship Sony Mobile, and are migrating to this new version. Probably why the increase is occurring is clearly significant, with 9%. The edition 4.2 of Android, also named as Jelly Bean, has very few acolytes. At least so far, it is that only Google devices (Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus) have received and the corresponding update.