Android rules. It’s math. There may be one-billion iOS devices active in the world but there are more than 1.5-billion Android devices activated. So much for Apple’s marketshare being anemic by comparison, huh? Guess what those Android smartphone and tablet users have in common? And, guess what Android has that Apple’s iPhone and iPad do not?
Building A Toxic Hellstew
Way back when, not even two years ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Android was a toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities, a charge that was denied by Google executives (what would you expect them to say?) but not denied by facts in evidence.
The phrase came from ZDNet writer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes so it needs to be taken with some caution. After all, digital rag writers from major publications are good at ginning up controversial headlines for profit.
Just last Friday the same publication posted three headlines which should serve as a warning to anyone using or considering a purchase of any electronic device with an Android logo.
- Android Listens – This one, US warns against Android apps that secretly listen in on your TV habits, came from the government and warned users that an Android phone’s microphone could be used to listen to users without the users knowing.
- Android Frightens – This one, ‘Metaphor’ Stagefright exploit exposes millions of Android devices‘ warned about yet another vulnerability and exploit which could impact tens to hundreds of millions of Android customers, and is especially nasty because– unlike Apple’s iOS– Android is not easily updated to newer, more secure versions.
- Android Hides – This one, Android Trojan infiltrates mobile firmware, Trend Micro apps seems to take up residence in a smartphone’s firmware, and dozens of Android models have been infected. This one collects information from each device and sends it off to who knows who and who knows where.
Maliciousness must be an ingredient in any toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities and these three were from last Friday. Friday. As in one day. I don’t know the exact meaning of hellstew, and a definition was hard to come by, but it doesn’t sound good. Here’s what I found.
Something that is messy; a confusing hodgepodge from which no good can come.
Similar meanings are: cacophemism omnishambles pink slime.
That seems appropriate.
So, it’s official. Android devices have more malware, vulnerabilities, and exploits than iPhone or iPad, and so much so that the ecosystem has become a toxic hellstew. Yet, over 1.5-billion Android device users populate planet earth which means that nearly 70-percent of the world’s mobile device owners are raging a constant battle against the forces of evil, or simply don’t know of the evil which lurks in their smartphones and tablets.
The rest are Apple customers.