Android OS Fragmentation: Causes and Concerns

Manvindar Singh Chauhan, Kulvinder Singh


Android is facing a serious security concern due to OS fragmentation, as a significant number of android users are using much older version of the mobile OS without being updated with latest security patches. The rush to release new devices without sufficient testing is inadvertently introducing security flaws.

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