Brown’s Bytes – Is Patching Android’s Achilles Heel?

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9th June 2017

So as predicted Apple have announced the end of updates for the iPhone 5 and 5C.

If you were one of the last to buy an iPhone 5C in September 2015 then you will (just) have got 2 years use out of that device before it no longer gets updates.

Many enterprises work on a 2-year cycle to replace devices so no great shakes there, but I’ve seen others sweat the assets for much longer so please make sure you’ve covered this risk off!

So, what about the world of Android?

Also, coming soon is Android “O”. Like all Mobile Operating Systems this will be an amalgam of feature enhancements, bug fixes and crucially security fixes.

What gets rather interesting is if you look at OS adoption figures.

Fortunately, both Apple and Google share this information:

– Apple’s stats are here
– Android’s stats are here

Apple has 86% of devices on the latest major OS version (iOS10).

Android is by comparison a mess of different versions. Only 9.5% of devices are on Android N despite it being released nearly a year ago! Amazingly nearly 20% of devices are still on Android KitKat!!

Now there are a lot of reasons for this disparity, but the key message here is simple. If you’re thinking about deploying Android (or indeed any) devices in your enterprise, you need to make sure you understand the patch cycles for the entire lifecycle of that device. You do not want to be in a position where your devices are unable to get the latest patches in a timely manner.

If you’d like to know more about this and how to best adopt Android in the Enterprise, then please get in touch.

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