AWT News Update: January 20, 2016

At the top of a short and sweet AWT News Update today:

  • More CarPlay-compatible cars and trucks are announced from three manufacturers
  • There's an Android kernel flaw that isn't like to be fixed on over 66% of Android devices - time to switch to iOS, folks!

Text version of the podcast is below, and video can be viewed here if you're a masochist.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short and sweet AWT News Update for January 20, 2016.

More CarPlay news today. New vehicles from three manufacturers — Honda, Kia and Lincoln — will support CarPlay as well as Google’s Android Auto. Most major manufacturers have already announced similar news for their 2016 and 2017 vehicles, including Ford, which said that its Sync 3-equipped 2017 cars would have CarPlay support. Honda’s adding CarPlay support along with an option of an 8-inch touchscreen in its 2017 Ridgeline pickup truck. Honda’s rebooting the Ridgeline, which was removed from its product line a few years ago, so it’s cool to see that the company is adding some bleeding-edge technology to the pickup. Kia is going to add CarPlay to the seven-inch touchscreen in the 2017 Forte5 hatchback, while the 2017 Lincoln Continental is the latest Lincoln luxury car to get CarPlay.

Here at Apple World Today, we always love to point out flaws in Google’s Android mobile operating system, and the latest is likely to move even more Android users over to the iOS world. There’s a new zero-day kernel privilege escalation flaw that was discovered by Perception Point Research that’s in the Linux kernel, and therefore affects Android devices as well. Linux server admins only need to install a patch, but it’s expected that the flaw won’t be fixed for up to 66 percent of all Android devices. The flaw gives unprivileged apps the ability to get root access to everything from the device’s cameras and microphones to GPS location and personal data. A kernel patch for Android will only be available to those who are using the latest versions of Android, and that is just a tiny fraction of the total installed base. When iOS receives a version upgrade, most iOS users update immediately — in fact, 75 percent of all iOS devices are currently running iOS 9. As one frustrated Android user commented on Ars Technica, “I really really really wish Google would solve the Android update problem. These bugs will happen, and it's impossible to ask developers to always create perfectly secure code. It's really irresponsible to have no way to quickly roll out fixes to your customers.”

I’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of the AWT News Update.