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5 million Android users have malware problems


News by Luke Jones on Thursday June 26, 2014.

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Despite Android Chief Sundar Pichai hitting back at Apple's claims the platform is insecure, it has emerged 5 million Android users have malware issues. At Cupertino's WWDC event, Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Android's security and described the platforms safety as a "toxic hell stew". Like us you may be wondering what a toxic hell stew would look like, but according to Cook you just need to look at Android to find out.

Pichai naturally did not take too kindly to Cook's critique and said the following while chatting to Bloomberg about all things Android.

"It must be liberating [for Apple] to wake up and think about your device, your software, and hey, "I can even call the chipset guys and say what the chip should be," he says. "I have to think about building a platform and bringing as many people along on this journey and getting it right. I believe that ultimately it' a more powerful approach, but it's a lot more stressful as well.

You have to be careful when you make a $100,000 Mercedes car not to look at rest of automotive industry and make comments on it? We serve the entire breadth of the market, globally across all form factors, et cetera. Android from the ground up is designed to be very, very secure? History shows typically that malware is also targeted at the more popular operating system. So you know there is that."

While hitting back at Apple by saying Google designs Android to be safe, Pichai sort of inadvertently said it did have issues with security but it was not Google's fault. So how unsafe is Android? Well, according to Google at I/O yesterday the platform is very safe, with less than 0.5 percent of all Android users suffering security issues. The problem is the number dresses up the problem, because 0.5 percent of Android's 1 billion users is 5 million people.

An insignificant amount against the overall user base maybe, but whatever way you try to cook it, 5 million is a lot. Of course, Apple has nowhere near that amount with its closed shop ecosystem, and what Pichai argues about Android?s open nature is true, but still 5 million users is a lot.

source: BGR

 
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