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Google warns there's 400,000,000 vulnerable Android devices out in the open

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April 20, 2016

To no big surprise, Google is warning the internet community that there's still way too many unpatched Android devices out in the open.

To be sure, no less than 29 percent of smartphones and tablets running Android are running out-of-date software code.

Google finds that only 71 percent of devices are running Android 4.4.4 or better, something that is disturbing, to say the least.

Case in point: in mid-2015, Google said there were about 1.4 billion active Android devices on the planet, so that means there's more than 400 million seriously vulnerable devices and tablets ready for attackers to do their bad stuff.

This basically illustrates the real day-to-day challenges that Google and Android users face-- some get written at Mountain View, picked up by a manufacturer sometime, handed off to a service provider, and pushed to the user over-the-air.

With the release of this report, Android Security lead engineer Adrian Ludwig writes that Google now scans 6 billion apps and four-hundred million devices every day of the week.

But to be honest, potentially harmful application installations are declining, Ludwig writes. About 0.15 percent of Android users who stick to Google Play got stung by malware (about 70 million) while 0.5 percent of users who risk non-Play sources were stung in a different manner.

Ludwig notes that last year, the Verify Apps Service spotted an increase in malicious activity from non-Play sources, “and we disrupted several coordinated efforts to install that malware onto user devices from outside of Google Play”.

Source: Google.

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