Millions of Android users have been warned by Google about a hack that would allow strangers to see everything on your phone

GOOGLE has warned that Android device makers have failed to roll out a major update that will be made available this summer, putting people’s data at risk.

Experts from the company pointed the finger at Google itself as one of the manufacturers that was too slow to solve the problem.

Among the affected devices is Google's own Pixel 7

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Among the affected devices is Google’s own Pixel 7

The bug-hunting company’s Project Zero team also called out Samsung, Xiaomi and Oppo.

A number of problems in a technical part were found in some smartphones named Mali GPU.

Arm, the company that makes the driver fixed the problem back in the summer.

It is then up to the device brands themselves to translate the repair into software updates made available to users.

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This means that phones with Mali GPU are still vulnerable to hackers, although there are patches.

“Just as users are advised to patch as soon as a release with security updates becomes available, the same is true for vendors and enterprises,” Project Zero said.

“Companies must remain vigilant, closely follow upstream sources and do their best to get full patches available to users as soon as possible.”

The five vulnerabilities are classified as medium in severity, but could still be used by a hacker to gain full access to the system and allow “broad access” to user data.

Devices with a Snapdragon chipset are not affected.

Google Pixel 7, Xiaomi 12 Pro, Oppo Find X5 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, A51 and A71 phones are among the products using Mali GPU, according to Google Lowyat.net.

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Hopefully the warning will push manufacturers to release an update that fixes the problem.

So keep an eye out for patches that come your way — and turn on automatic updates to get the fix as soon as it’s available.

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