Eric Schmidt says Android is "more secure than the iPhone"
0. phoneArena 07 Oct 2013, 21:52 posted on
Security is a very complicated issue, especially when it comes to platforms that are still changing as fast as they are in the mobile space. The general consensus is that Android is the least secure of the mobile options, although the reasoning there doesn't always hold very well. Google has been on a bit of a mission recently to regain control of the security narrative, and today Google's Eric Schmidt even went so far as to say that Android is "more secure than the iPhone"...
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1. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Unless we have a bit more context, I'm calling BS on you Schmidt, and I really like Android.
This guy really says the stupidest stuff for Google. I tend to think he's the main reason why Google does stupid, if near creepy "evil" stuff.
About the only evidence to support his remark would be a report from sometime ago showing there are less open security bugs on Android than iOS.
9. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Clearly he relies on real BlackBerry Security to hide his real creepy "evil" stuff from potentially getting out. LOLZ
10. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Need i mention Balmer? I'd take Eric's word quicker than i would balmer. Remember he said android is wild and crazy? Look at windows. And the iphone is just a target for hackers and malware because they know that people are nore willing to spend money on apps in Ios. That's where apples app revenue bites them at.
12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
What isn't mentioned in this excerpt is the crowd laughed when he said it. Not the best reaction he could have hoped for, I'm sure.
26. maysider (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
But everything is more secure than iPhone.....iPhone can hack even a child
"Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android".
"iPhones most vulnerable among smartphones"
“40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission"
2. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Did any one ask if someone has managed to pry the BlackBerry out of Eric Schmidt's grips yet?
3. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
okay let's be honest he just had to say that that's why he didn't care explain much
5. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Considering that you can bypass an iphone passcode screen - yeah - Android is more secure than iphone.
6. eggimage (Posts: 79; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
justin bieber's the real king of pop too
14. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Well android was found to posses a much lesser amount of vulnerability compared to the last iOS version, the term "secure" its a subjective word.
17. blingblingthing (Posts: 529; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
You have the pass word screen bypass, the charger port over take, the web browser Hole SMS issue with iPhone. I only recall one vulnerability with android.
27. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
And that is? one vulnerability with Android.
I do hope Google focus on supporting enterprise security standards. Android hardware should allow this by now.
7. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
okay, so if users can bypass all security...then...doesn't that make Android less secure? you can't say this particular aspect of your software is as secure as your competitors if it isn't secure as a whole.
15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Android users can't bypass the security, at least not my normal means (root will be needed for that) but users are given an option (check box) to install applications outside of Google play (mostly for beta testing applications, and it also sends a log for Google to analyze a potential threat.... If you have Google services) while I could agree that the placement of the check box night not be the best ever it doesn't have much to do with actual OS security
22. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Well, not really. Think about Android the way you would a home. You can make a home very secure by locking the doors, locking the windows, turning on the alarm system, buying a gaurd dog, etc... but if you put the key under the door mat with the security code and dog treats, then yeah! Security has been drastically compermised. Android has all the security it needs built in, but people have got to do their part to protect their devices by NOT bypassing the security measures.
8. dspkblympkbl (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Annd apple is just coming out with fingerprint sensor, when android has had face unlock for years.
11. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Those are all gimmicky pseudo security.
13. tttony (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)
Come on!! We know that is BS!!!
16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
That's not nesesary true, Eric talks mostly about devices that come with Google services (and are accounted on their database) devices in China with no Google play or other services are usually the ones hanging with the viruses....
19. tttony (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)
You are right about that, but I mostly refer to fake apps on GP like:
There are many fake apps on GP that even has good rating
Here a fake app:
Even say that is a fake app and the people keep downloading
31. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Fake app =/= malware most are just fake apps looking for attention
18. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Pentagon told me to leave this here
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30. xfire99 (Posts: 827; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Malware exists in all OS and doesnt mean it can easily infect the device. All androids users that got infected, are themself to blame, if choose to install from unknown sources and if just install direct from Google play. Chances to get infected by malware is very low.
Chinese android devices comes with root directly from manufacture and risk is higher there also.
But its handmade error, if got infected and not because android is unsecure.
21. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
What isn't open source? Windows. What is open source? Linux. We should all know which of the 2 is more secure.
24. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Correct. Open source is said to be more secure... but only if there are people doing something about it. Clearly there aren't enough of the actual action of doing something about it at this time. Perhaps way in the future .... if and when enough people care about doing something about it.
28. HockeyDood (Posts: 72; Member since: 14 May 2010)
Geez, I wish I could be that blissful...
32. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
First impressions and naivety get carried a long way. Far too many people cry fragmentation but only because they heard about it 2 or 3 iterations of the OS previously. Most of the fragmentation is just haters spewing FUD just because they felt Android needed ragging on. As for security, Android today isn't what it was 2 or 3 years ago, Google has done a wealth of programming to correct the issues. Just by reading a lot of the comments here it's clear that a lot of people are stuck in the distant past or just refuse to accept reality, Android is a lot more secure than what they want to believe.
33. harvestcellular (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Hackers will get through to anything and the technology will always be just one step behind or ahead. Not to forget, WIFI and signal hacking is still one of the easier ways to hack a data source rather than a device it's self and read all the data packets that come in and out of the phones.
34. Leo_MC (Posts: 1476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
And my garden is safer than Fort Knox so come and deposit here all your gold.
35. linaresx (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
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