Why There is Still Hope for Vulnerability Prone Android

Android is one of the biggest operating systems in the world, and without a doubt one of the most widely used. However, the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of complaints that people have for Android, complaints that even the most hardcore Android fans would not be able to respond to. Perhaps the biggest issue that a lot of people face when it comes to Android devices has to do with the fact that there are so many vulnerabilities that often end up plaguing the users of this OS, thereby making it impossible for you to truly feel safe while you are using it.

In fact, if you look at the total number of vulnerabilities (compiled by TheBestVPN from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Vulnerability Database) that occurred for each operating system last year, you would see that Android got the dubious honor of coming in first place which is not something that Google would be very happy about. However, with all of that having been said and out of the way you would want to know that Android’s vulnerabilities aren’t as big of a deal as you would think, and we are here to tell you why.

For one thing let’s look at the numbers. Android vulnerabilities totaled at 414 total vulnerabilities. That’s a lot, it amounts to more than one new vulnerability every day on average. However, if you look at the other entries on the list you would realize that this number is comparatively not as high as some people might assume. For example, if you look at the number two entry on this list which belongs to Debian Linux, you would see that this particularly operating system suffered from 360 vulnerabilities last year which is nearly one a day, not all that much lower than what Android went through.


Windows 7 and Windows 10 are not that far behind either, and what we are essentially trying to say here is while Android does suffer from a lot of vulnerabilities, this number is not abnormally high when you compare it to other operating systems.

That’s not all. If you look at the number of vulnerabilities that impacted Android phones in 2017, you would see that this number is an astonishingly high 843. However, the next year in 2018 Android vulnerabilities went down to 525. Last year they went down even further to 414.

What this means is that Android vulnerabilities are decreasing year after year, so Google is definitely doing a good job of ensuring that vulnerabilities are patched. It also means that Google isn’t really looking for stopgap solutions in any way shape or form. Rather they are going for long term improvements to their platform, something that would put people at ease.

A big part of the reason why Android is not even more popular and why it sometimes struggles against the likes of iOS is simply because of the fact that there are people who are made nervous by these vulnerabilities. However, due to the reason that these vulnerabilities are happening less and less often, it is highly possible that Google might end up getting a monopoly in this area since a major problem will have finally been addressed.

Take a look at this infographic for more insights:

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