Millions at risk as old operating systems still power 1/10th of Android devices Businessman holding smartphone

The days of upgrading to the latest flagship phone have come and gone for most consumers as they now prefer to hold onto their devices for longer. However, while this saves them money, it also puts them at risk as older Android devices no longer receive the latest security updates from Google.

According to new data from NetMarketShare, as of last month, only a quarter (25.22%) of Android smartphones are running the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 10. Additionally, almost 20 percent of smartphones are running Android 9.0 and just over eight percent of devices are running Android 8.1.