gee, you must have missed my post not too far above on this page 2 ...
"... to see the real world outcome of that vulnerability, let me direct your attention to some hard facts reported by no less than Android Authority:
it reports that NQ Mobile has reported that in 2012 about 11.5 million Android phone worldwide had "real" malware - 1.1 million of which are in the USA! (they screwed up their math and report a higher number of 1.4 million, but hey, it's an droid fan site so ...). 25% of the total was in China, 20% India, 18% Russia, 10% Saudia Arabia and USA ...
and this total was triple 2011's. how do you think it's going this year?"
... sounds kinda real to me. that's ok, i don't read all the comments before posting either.
If you read the report, it actually didn't increase in the USA from 2011 to 2012, just in other countries. So yes, less than 2% of all Android phones in the United States most likely have some form of malware on it that specializes in stealing data. The report cites (and this is new) that people who sideload and use application vendors outside of Google Play are most likely the ones infected. The report cites that mostly a younger generation of users who do this.
So lets do some math.
Young People + Sideloading outside applications = Pirating. Yup. Bobby and Sarah at your local University live off ramen and probably pirate Doodle Jump when they should be studying.
Before I switch gears I also wanted to note the irony of the Google Play store logo as the front page picture for this story, as Google Play is the default App store and isn't affected by this issue.
But to be fair, I have an iPhone because I enjoy getting my updates the moment Apple releases them. It's an incredible feature, however:
- I give Android leeway in some of these issues because Google cannot make OEM's and Wireless Carriers certify and release updates.
- Google is remedying this problem by slowing down the pace of their OS updates. Jelly Bean is a slow moving creature these days, getting incremental updates. Slowly the pie chart will fill out with mostly Jelly Bean devices.
- Google's Android OS has been the faster improving Mobile OS. It's seen some incredible jumps in interface and features over the past four years. Many lower end devices just got left behind. iOS in contrast has been incremental.
If we are having a debate where you said to me "iOS is more secure than Android", it wouldn't be much of a debate because I agree. But I don't believe we're in an epidemic of Android malware. The default setup of Android is secure, and allows people to own a phone with larger screens, different types of battery life and whatever customization they want. Every single article about Android malware always has a stipulation where people turn off some key settings in their phone to get it to install. That's just not scary, and it's not worth sounding the alarms. Get back to me when malware installs through Google Play or you just turn the phone on and infections spring up.