And now a few words about Android OS security vs. iOS on iPhone. Bwahahaha! No. Seriously now. Bwahahaha! Sorry. I’m still giddy over an Android OS security executive claiming Android is as secure as Apple’s iOS. Maybe more.
There is a huge difference between reality and a PowerPoint presentation but that doesn’t stop some executives from vain attempts to compare what they did today with what has been done for a decade elsewhere. Hey, Android users. Security is coming. In a few years. Maybe.
The mobile device world can be divvied up into three basic camps. iOS with large measures of security for most iPhone and iPad customers. Android OS with nominal security and very little for the great unwashed masses of Android smartphone users who will never ever never see a security update. And, whatever else is out there. Windows Phone? Do they still make those?
Yet, Google claims to have matched or exceeded the security Apple places into iOS. How do we know? Google said so in the Android Security 2017 Year in Review document. Somewhere. In there. You just know that every Android smartphone user will want their own copy, right?
Google has been doing this kind of reporting for years, yet about 98.5-percent of all malware for mobile devices finds a way to get onto Android smartphones and not iPhones. Go figure, right? Google touts projects such as Play Protect and Safe Browsing and security patches and Android Oreo as proof that Android OS has caught up to and perhaps passed Apple’s iOS.
Uh huh. Let’s look at some math and go with the premise that Android O– Oreo– is as good as iOS 11.x. Here’s the skinny. Of the 2-billion or so Android devices on the planet, about 1-percent of them run Android OS Oreo. My Mac calculator tells me that’s about 20-million devices.
Good for Google.
Since Oreo was released in 2017– a few weeks before Apple released iOS 11, let’s go with user base penetration numbers to see how many of Apple’s customers received the latest upgrade to iOS and the upgrade before that; from 2016. Each year Apple releases a new iOS and by the time a new one is released the following year, about 90-percent of all iPhone and iPad customers have upgraded. Since Apple has more than 1-billion iOS users, that math brings me to around 900-million who have the latest and greatest and most secure iOS version.
That’s 900-million vs. 20-million. Anybody see a problem there?
Google talks a good game but doesn’t walk the walk. Even assuming that Android Oreo or Android Pee is as secure as iOS 11.x, Google seems to struggle with Play Store malware by the tens of thousands. When was the last time you read about malware on the iOS App Store?
Assuming, too, that the latest Android versions are as secure as the latest iOS versions, how many years will it take Android Oreo or Pee– whichever is the most secure– to filter down to the masses of a few billion smartphone users? Looking backwards from Oreo to Nougat, to Marshmallow, to Lollipop, and to KitKat (which has about 10-percent market penetration), that’s about five years from now.
Maybe Google has upped Android’s game to provide more security than iOS, but unless you own the latest and greatest it could be years before you taste the security that iPhone and iPad customers have had for years.
Did I mention anything about Android privacy vs. iOS privacy? Bwahahaha! Sorry.