Despite the recent launch of Android 7.0 Nougat, the most widely used smartphone OS is still Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While the operating system is a very good one, and many phones work excellently on it (some might not even need a Nougat upgrade, to be honest), it still has one major flaw that has been passed on to Nougat as well.
Ever since Android 6.0 Marshmallow came out, a very exploitable vulnerability has been noticed in its coding. Unfortunately, Google didn’t manage to fix it with Android 7.0 Nougat. The vulnerability makes devices extremely prone to ransomware attacks. This vulnerability is related to the permission prompts you get whenever you install an app via the Play Store.
While this is standard procedure on the part of Google, it also opens up dangerous possibilities. Some apps might ask for more permissions than they actually need, which can seem dubious, but we rarely notice. We’ve automated ourselves to accept that prompt blindly because we don’t want to waste any time reading more than we have to, but that’s very risky behavior.
Lucky for us and our user experience, Google plans to fix this huge issue once and for all with the launch of Android O (the ‘O’ might stand for Oreo, if rumors prove to be true). This is great news for Android smartphone and tablet users from all over the world. Seeing as Android is the number one mobile operating system on the market, and most phones run on it, it’s good to see such a dangerous vulnerability being resolved.
Other than this major flaw, Android keeps getting better and better with each new version. What about you? Do you own an Android device? If so, how do you like it? Let us know in the comment section below.
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