Just too old: Many smartphones have a lot of security gaps

The current Android version 13 was released in August 2022. But so far only around five percent are using the system. Android 11 still has the most users with 24.4 percent, followed by Android 10 with 19.5 and Android 12 with 18.9 percent.

The good news: all of these systems are still supported and updated. But the real hammer is yet to come, because around a third of all users have an Android installed that is almost five years old or older:

  • Version 9: 13.2 percent
  • Version 8: 9.5 percent
  • Version 7: 3.7 percent
  • Version 6: 2.8 percent
  • Version 5: 2.1 percent
  • Version 4: 0.7 percent

The reason for this is clear: Not everyone can or wants to afford a new smartphone every two years, others deliberately use older and therefore cheaper models that are not compatible with newer Android versions.

Unfortunately, these fall out of support pretty quickly. Since these Android devices no longer get security updates, you should be careful.

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