Tens of tens of millions of Android tablets have gone years and not using a safety replace and might be vulnerable to hacking. In some situations, each Google (writer of the Android OS) and the pill vendor have pulled help for the gadgets.
The most recent information on working system share, launched by analytics agency Web Marketshare, reveals 13% of tablets (that is one in each eight) nonetheless run Android 4.4, which is almost seven years previous.
The final time this model of Android acquired a safety patch was in October 2017 when a repair was issued for 4 vulnerabilities, two of which have been deemed crucial.
Different 4.x variants (Android 4.zero to Android 4.3) account for one more 3% of tablets, whereas Android 5.x (Lollipop) gadgets make up practically 10% of the userbase, making it the second hottest Android variant.
As much as a billion Android smartphones nonetheless run on model 6.x or older and unpatched gadgets are at vital threat of being contaminated with malware.
Critics have highlighted the very fact Android gadgets have a considerably shorter shelf life in comparison with different working techniques like Windows 7 or Windows 10.
It was not long ago that tablets were regarded as the rightful heir to the laptop throne, spawning countless articles on why “they were better than notebooks” (although that didn’t exactly pan out).
Android tablets based on Android 4.4 (AKA Kit Kat) were the first to truly bring the best out of Android on a slate form factor, boasting features that are now considered de facto standard.
Popular tablets that ran on Android 4.x include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE, Samsung Google Nexus 10 and the original Nvidia Shield tablet.
Owners of older Android tablets would be wise to check for available updates, back up their data and protect their devices using antivirus services.