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I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet, and it's currently running the stock Android 4.4.2. A friend of mine had her Galaxy S5 upgraded to Lollipop, and i personally don't like the way it looks, especially with no dark theme available. So i simply ignore the software update notifications my tablet keeps giving me, since they also promise me that upgrade to Lollipop.

Considering the yesterday's statement from Zimperuim about a critical vulnerability in the Stagefright library, I'm really concerned about getting a security update for it when it comes, but still I really don't want to jump onto Lollipop for the sake of it.

So does anybody have an idea how to stay on KitKat while keeping the security up-to-date?

  • Best way to keep secure is installing updates. Refusing to do so keeps you in a circle, you want security updates but don't want updates. – xangua Jul 28 '15 at 16:45
  • I doubt that very much (edit: targeting the question, not the previous comment posted almost similar to mine). If Samsung already has rolled-out a higher Android version for that device, they won't support the lower version with "security updates" anymore. Feel free to ask their support, though – they are more likely to know than we ;) – Izzy Jul 28 '15 at 16:46
  • @xangua, in the PC world, one doesn't have to get the latest version of the OS to get the security updates. It's enough to have the version that's still supported. Are you suggesting that it's not true for KitKat? – Semisonic Jul 28 '15 at 16:48
  • @Izzy, thanks for suggesting that it might be a vendor-specific thing. – Semisonic Jul 28 '15 at 16:50
  • Not the PC world here, you'd probably have better luck with a custom rom either because you want to stick with kitkat (cyanogenmod will provide a bugfix for their kitkat build) or because you lack of a dark theme (lollipop CM build has a theme engine). – xangua Jul 28 '15 at 16:51

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