The hacking threat looming over Android 4.4 KitKat

Jul 30, 2023, 12:10 PM UTC
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The hacking threat looming over Android 4.4 KitKat
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In a dire warning to users of older Android devices, Google has announced that support for phones running Android 4.4 KitKat software will be terminated in August 2023, rendering nearly 47 devices highly vulnerable to hacking (listed at the end). As the clock ticks down to the end of Google’s support, users are urged to take action to safeguard their data and privacy.

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The Android Developers Blog recently highlighted that less than one percent of all devices still rely on Android KitKat, making it a prime target for discontinuation. While some may not feel the immediate impact, individuals with a tendency to cling to older devices may find themselves at risk.

The absence of Google Play updates post-termination poses a significant concern for users. With no new security patches or feature enhancements, the devices will be left exposed to potential threats, cyberattacks, and malware. Although most manufacturers have already withdrawn support for Android KitKat, this impending change further exacerbates the security vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, the waning compatibility of apps and games with Android 4.4 adds another layer of concern. While some users may still depend on older versions of applications that cater to their specific needs, the gradual withdrawal of support for these apps will render them obsolete and potentially hazardous to use.

However, the real cause for alarm lies in Google’s decision to cease monitoring these devices for malicious applications. As a result, hackers may find it easier to exploit unguarded vulnerabilities, jeopardizing the security and privacy of the affected users. Consequently, from the beginning of next month, the risk of hacking attempts will sharply escalate for devices still running on Android 4.4.

The termination of Google Play Services for Android 4.4 will significantly restrict the availability of apps and services, further isolating the users from up-to-date digital experiences. Moreover, this move is indicative of a broader shift towards enhancing security and user experiences on newer Android versions.

For those who possess devices impacted by the termination, it is crucial to consider upgrading to more modern and secure models. While the decision to end support for Android KitKat comes almost a decade after its initial release, technology has rapidly evolved, and modern smartphones offer enhanced security features and better protection against cyber threats.

The following devices are impacted by the update:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE GT-i9195 (1.5GB RAM, 8GB)
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 (2GB RAM, 16GB)
  3. Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 SM-G357F (1GB RAM)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus GT-i9060I Dual SIM (1GB RAM)
  5. Samsung Galaxy K Zoom SM-C115 (2GB RAM)
  6. Samsung Galaxy A7 SM-A700F (2GB RAM, 16GB)
  7. Samsung Galaxy J1 DuoS SM-J100H Dual SIM (512MB RAM)
  8. Samsung Galaxy Ace Style SM-G310H (512MB RAM)
  9. Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 SM-G388F (1.5GB RAM, 8GB)
  10. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915F (3GB RAM, 32GB)
  11. Samsung Galaxy Trend 2 Lite SM-G318H (512MB RAM)
  12. Samsung Galaxy J1 SM-J100H (512MB RAM, 4GB)
  13. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ SM-N7505 (2GB RAM, 16GB)
  14. Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G530F (1GB RAM, 8GB)
  15. Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus SM-G901F (2GB RAM, 16GB)
  16. Samsung Galaxy S III LTE GT-i9305 (16GB)
  17. Samsung Galaxy Young 2 SM-G130H Dual SIM (512MB RAM)
  18. Sony Xperia E4g E2003 (1GB RAM)
  19. Sony Xperia T3 D5103 (1GB RAM)
  20. Sony Xperia C3 D2533
  21. Sony Xperia E3 D2203 (1GB RAM)
  22. Sony Xperia E4 E2105 (1GB RAM)
  23. Sony Xperia C3 Dual D2502
  24. LG G2 Mini D610 Dual SIM (8GB)
  25. LG G Flex D955 (2GB RAM 32GB)
  26. LG F60 D390 (1GB RAM)
  27. LG L70 D320 (1GB RAM)
  28. LG L20 Dual SIM (512MB RAM)
  29. LG L40 D160 (512MB RAM)
  30. HTC Desire 610 (1GB RAM)
  31. HTC Desire 620G
  32. HTC One Mini 2 (1GB RAM, 16GB)
  33. HTC Desire 320 (1GB RAM)
  34. HTC Desire 820 (2GB RAM, 16GB)
  35. HTC Desire 320 (1GB RAM)
  36. HTC One Mini (1GB RAM, 16GB)
  37. HTC One Max (2GB RAM, 16GB)
  38. HTC Desire 620 (1GB RAM)
  39. HTC Desire 816 (1.5GB RAM)
  40. HTC Desire 626 (1GB RAM, 16GB)
  41. HTC Desire Eye (2GB RAM, 16GB)
  42. CAT S50 (2GB RAM)
  43. CAT B15Q Dual SIM (1GB RAM)
  44. Huawei Ascend Mate (2GB RAM)
  45. Yota Devices YotaPhone 2 (2GB RAM, 32GB)
  46. Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 4027D Dual SIM (512MB RAM)
  47. Doro Liberto 820 Mini (512MB RAM)

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