This is the very reason why I have stepped away from ever owning an Android device. Google has created a very broken update cycle that they refuse to correct with their OS. The sad thing is Google seems to feel as if they have been able to wash their hands of this just because they have released a patch. Well I am glad for that ... but how about step up and demand that all manufacturers/carriers release this major patch. Oh well...best of luck to you all!
No they do not touch code. Multiple manufacturer since 3 years ago have said they get the packages and such from the carriers in ADVANCED and the manufacturers put them in. Manufacturers charge for features and give options to carriers to opt in or out. The only if any code a carrier will touch would be the RIL and kernel because that needs carrier info for connectivity which also needs manufacturers approval.
Europeans understand this and yes they going through everything we go through and they get better support that's for some food for thought.
Why does the debate always come up about if the carriers do or do not manipulate any code? I do not understand why some have to always argue this....who cares if they do or do not? It seems that getting the fix in a timely manner is the only important factor here. Oh well I guess some like to argue for the sake of arguing.
The reason is because the false information being spread. It has to be corrected.
The only manufacturer to say they have a fix and will be pushing out the next update is HTC. No other manufacturer has said a word.
T-Mobile already pointed out its up to the manufacturers so bring it up with them. Verizon stays quiet until the updates are ready to push. Now if you think Verizon isn't going to let manufacturers push out fixes for their own devices. I bring up Heartbleed. They said nothing and updates were pushed by all manufacturers under the security fixes.
This very well may be a manufacturer update, but I don't think anyone on here really cares who codes the update. Heck, if it came from a Keebler elf, I don't think anyone would care. All anyone cares about is that it is released in a timely manner and that it works....everything else really does not matter. Also, carriers do have some abilities to make code changes, but as you stated they have to have permission from the manufacturer of the change.
That's only for the open source section none of the proprietary stuff. Like Sense, Touchwiz, etc. The RIL/HAL/Kernel are open source, but the code has to be accepted to ensure it doesn't break what manufacturers add.
Manufacturers have a fix, and Google has a fix. Google hasn't even patched their own Nexus devices other than the Play Nexus 6.
If you want to protect yourself for now until the fix comes. Turn off Auto-retrieve for MMS. Your phone can't process what isn't downloaded.
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Jacquette: Thanks so much for holding! From that article, I wasn't able to see that this issue is directly impacting Verizon Wireless customers, but I totally understand your concerns. Something that you may be able to do in order to prevent malicious activity on your phone would be to install an Anti-Virus application