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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Updating your mobile operating system

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By Khalid Diriye

Most desktop security problems are centered around the OS (operating system). When the flaws are discovered, vendors such as Microsoft, Android, and Apple release patches to fix/cover these security holes. Updating your OS can help you ensure that you are on the latest and most security patches.

Updating your OS is probably one of the most crucial and easiest of all methods for securing your device. The majority of modern Operating Systems have automatic updating however; some older devices don’t have that automatically enabled so make sure you check!

Here are some more reasons Updating your Mobile OS is a good idea.

  • A new release adds useful features to your phone, and battery life may be significantly improved running newer code. Sometimes 4G and Wi-Fi performance will be enhanced.


  • You may find you need a new OS version to run more recently developed apps, which seems to be especially true of Apple’s devices. If you stick with an older OS version you’ll find the range of apps, and even the updates available for older apps, starts to trickle away.


  • Updating to the latest version of a mobile OS isn’t always easy. For a start, some older phones aren’t physically capable of running the new version, since they don’t have enough RAM or other resources.


  • Manufacturers don’t always release updates for their older handsets, to encourage you to upgrade to a newer model. For those of you with network-locked handsets, you won’t only need its manufacturer to release new firmware, but also to wait for this to go through the network’s own testing and approval process, which may involve an additional delay of weeks or even months.

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