Updating mobile web browser
We expect to see Android browser exploits make their way into various mass-market collections of exploits, as Google abandoning the browser used on most Android devices leaves a gaping hole that can be freely exploited without the risk that patches will fix the problems.
It’s a bit like the security problems with still using Windows XP — if Windows XP was still being used by the majority of users when it was abandoned. It should be possible for Google to get browser security updates to their users, but it’s not.
The web browser in Android 4.3 and earlier has many big security problems, and Google won’t be patching it anymore.
If you use a device with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or earlier, you need to take action.
We noticed that you're using an old version of your internet browser to access this page.
To protect your account security, you must update your browser as soon as possible.
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer will get their updates through Windows Update; it's important that you install those updates as they become available.
But Google’s clear signal that 60 percent of all current Android devices won’t be receiving browser security patches has surely been welcome to attackers.
You'll be unable to log in to in the future if your browser has not been updated.
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If you have a phone bought on a two-year contract, they should at least update the device with security updates for the length of the contract!
But this isn’t just an interesting debate between Google and security professionals online.