Android is the most popular mobile platform in the world. Because of this, it’s also the target of countless hackers and cybercriminals who want to break into the platform and exploit its users.

As Android ages, fewer people upgrade to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. They don’t upgrade because their devices don’t support the latest updates or their phone manufacturer (or service provider) is slower to roll out updates to its users. These updates are critical to keeping users safe from outside intrusion.

However, these problems are only the tip of the iceberg for Google. Many phone makers – particularly Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Huawei – are either in the process of adopting a new operating system that is not Android or thinking about it. It could mean Android’s dominance is starting to fade, and we could be looking at a future with a little less Google in our lives.

Forbes, May 14, 2021