Originally Posted by d4NjvRzf
Are the apps modular in android 2.3 and older? If not, does google have the ability to make them so? Could it push out Google Play versions of system software that replace the older versions tied to the OS?
As far as I am aware, yes, they are. Some applications only support 4.0 ICS and up - for instance, Gmail (although that may only apply to the new UI features, I'm not sure). Google I/O this year made a BIG thing about this; they can actually update the entire application framework without updating the OS itself, which is massive for app developers. That basically means that people on Gingerbread can get access to the same APIs as seen on Jelly Bean. I'm not sure if this applies to all APIs or just those that plugin to Google Play.
Edit: Yes, but it only applies to any application that uses Google's services. They won't get the features that applications get in Jelly Bean, but they can get any updates to Google's content like Maps, Drive, etc. without touching anything. To answer your question, its for 2.2 Froyo and up.
Originally Posted by MacTel
This news isn't going to slow the adoption of Android. A malware plagued environment that was Windows XP below did not stop people from buying Windows over and over again. They simply got used to the fact their systems were insecure. The anti-malware companies will be on Android to reap the profits then they'll post a version for iOS to make it seem like iOS has the same problems when it doesn't.
Thats very true, it isn't going to slow the progress of Android;
Because it is inconsequential. No matter what all the proponents of Android say (myself included), not many people use third-party app stores unless they have no other choice. And Google Play has generally been quite safe against malware, unless you download really strange applications (i.e. there was a Bloons Tower Defense 5 clone on the store a while back, but it wasn't even published by NinjaKiwi - it was some really weird foreign developer and the few reviews that were there were terrible).Do not say that Google Play does not have a far reach
. That's like saying iTunes covers no area. See here
for what I'm talking about.
Full disclosure: I sideload apps. Why? When I find a deal on another fairly reputable store, or an application is seemingly incompatible with my device through Google Play. But I only do this once every couple months, generally.
@Dunks, see above. And I would definitely agree with you, by its very nature iOS is immune to attacks like this (GENERALLY). No application can gain any system-level permissions and it freezes most applications in the background. However, it IS possible, although less likely than on Android, for it to receive a malware attack. See here
. And yes, I did notice the malware-free status of iOS for 5 years. Impressive! I also noticed the fact that Google responded just as quickly as Apple did to this one particular threat.
Originally Posted by AaronJ
No, it will garner about 1% the press.
If you're a website, you want clicks (clicks = ad views, obviously). No one really cares to click on an Android story in the mainstream. Apple gets clicks like cray-cray. So, this won't get coverage. This is simple logic.
PS: That being said, of course this will be reported on sites like this, and Ars, and Slashdot, etc. But what? About 0.00001% of the population reads those sites?
Actually, look at Engadget. Please, don't act like that. Just try to be balanced with your views.
Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton
It's called an App Store ecosystem that has paid independent software vendors $10 billion and counting. Not that Android users would know about or appreciate sustainable app economies.
Actually, Google Play is growing massively profit
-wise, not just with downloads. See here
. Most importantly, here
. From Q2 2012 to Q3 2013, Play revenue rose by ~90%. iTunes? ~25%. Also, @ThePixelDot, you'll like the first link there.
Originally Posted by jragosta
Another Android shill who's in denial. The overwhelming majority of Android devices NEVER get an upgrade. This is a very real problem and the failure of Android hardware vendors to upgrade existing systems means that there isn't likely to be a solution - until years down the road when existing handsets are in the trash. Of course, there will be new security flaws before then.
That doesn't really matter, because this has already been patched all the way back to...well, every device, that uses Google Play. If you want references that it IS a large platform and is available in basically any country you need, see my above comments. And, yes, iOS accounts for the lion's share of app revenue, but review the facts please.
Yes it has the lions share. See above for references. Google nearly doubled
its revenue in one quarter!
That is definitely impressive.
Originally Posted by MacRulez
So this is the most devastating malware crisis the world has ever seen, eh?
Kindly tell us, Mr. McLean: what is the number of users who have actually been affected by this exploit?
That, my friend, is the key point. Basically no-one, since Google has silently patched all applications and blocked further uploads through the Play Store. Yes, this definitely affects side-loaders, but if you're careful when you do that then this doesn't really matter either. Not many people sideload unless they have to, as I stated earlier in my post.