Beset by malware and malicious attackers, developers in the personal computer world have found ways to reduce the time between the release of a patch and installation of the fix on vulnerable systems.
With Android smartphones and tablets, however, long delays between release and installation regularly leave devices open to attack. About two-thirds of all Android smartphones, for example, are using Android version 2.3, code-named "Gingerbread," a major update released more than a year and a half ago, according to the Android developers' dashboard. Since then, two major revisions--not including the tablet-focused "Honeycomb"--have been released to add features and fix security issues.
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