Google’s Charmian Eric Schmidt during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo proclaimed that Android has a security advantage over Apple’s iPhone. Based on the comments reported by ZDNet, Schmidt responded to a question from Gartner analyst David Willis as such:
Willis: “If you polled
many people in this audience they would say Google Android is not their
principal platform… When you say Android, people say, wait a minute,
Android is not secure.”
Schmidt: “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone.”
As we also expected Schmidt’s response reportedly drew laughs from the audience in attendance. On top of that he apparently did not give a direct explanation, he pointed to the usual Android’s billion-plus device activations and stringent security testing they always preach.
Android is not Fragmented and secure
The Chairmen also pre-empted the long-standing criticism that Android is a fragmented platform by and he referred to Google’s ‘One’ Play store, as if other platforms have different app stores. He further saidWith Android we have an
agreement for vendors that you keep the Android stores compatible and that is a great breakthrough for Android, when you buy an Android phone the apps are compatible
“Android is very secure,” said Schmidt at the end of the session, where he discussed other topics
including the future of email, consumers’ privacy expectations, and the
possibility of Google Now in the enterprise.