One of the news stories making the rounds over the weekend was how terrorists prefer to use Android smartphones vs. Apple’s iPhone.
What’s up with that? Are not all smartphone operating systems capable of being broken into by various and sundry governments? Possibly, but the main reasons Android OS is preferred over Apple’s iPhone are easily understood.
Closed vs. Open
Whether governments have access to Android or iOS or BlackBerry or Windows Phone or any or all operating systems is fodder for another time.
Basically, Android-based devices are easily customized to fit any purpose, while iOS is closed and highly curated.
The second reason probably has more to do with overall costs. Android smartphones can be bought for less than a few hundred dollars each, especially in bulk; while Apple charges a premium for the iPhone.
Android-based smartphones are mostly unlimited access, unrestricted applications, ubiquitous availability, and low price.
For any budget conscious terrorist what’s not to like?
What seems to be a paradox in this situation is Android’s sieve-like platform with open options for malware attacks and backdoor attacks from authorities.
Underdeveloped countries seem to suffer the brunt of terrorist attacks, and those same countries are host to the least expensive Android smartphone models; the very ones which seldom if ever receive updates from Google to patch vulnerabilities.
So, not only has Google created a smartphone operating system that’s become known as a toxic hell stew of vulnerabilities, Android is now the smartphone of choice for those who want to bring an end to the world as we know it.