Google Exec Claims Android ‘More Secure’ Than iOS, Prompts Laughter
Speaking at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive chairman Eric Schmidt claimed that Google’s Android operating system is a more secure platform than rival Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, an assertion which goes against a wealth of data and prompted laughter from the audience, according to a report from ZDNet.
In a question and answer session, a Gartner analyst brought up the fact that Android is not perceived as being a very secure platform. “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone,” Schmidt replied, causing the audience to chuckle. Schmidt said that Android has over a billion users and will remain in use for a long time, so it gets plenty of real world security testing.
Back in March, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller tweeted the results of an operating system “Mobile Threat Report” from research company F-Secure. The report showed that mobile threats are continually growing, particularly on the Android platform.