Two Charts That Demonstrate One Of Android’s Big Security Problems

Applying the most recent security updates to your device’s operating system is a best practice security fundamental. If you’re not running the latest version of an OS, you’re opening your device to potential exploits.

This is a chart of Apple’s iOS 9 adaptation rate.

iOS 9 Adoption

Source: Mixpanel

Trading places – iOS 9 was released on September 16, 2015 and very quickly swapped places with iOS 8 and then accounted for the majority of all installations.

This is a chart of Google’s Android OS adoption rates.

Android OS Adoption

Source: Mixpanel

Nowhere to be seen – Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” was released on October 5, 2015 and still rates as “Other”. According to Google’s own figures, the latest version of Android only accounts for 1.2% of Android’s distribution. Approximately 70% of Android devices are still running either Kit-Kat or Lollipop (which have known security issues and vulnerabilities).

Lollipop has even gained market share since Marshmallow’s release.

And that’s a pity, because Android 6.0 Marshmallow has better defenses against trending Android malware.

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