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post #41 of 45
Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post


How would Google prevent malware writers from targeting Android? Targeting and hitting are not one and the same. You knew that.

 

Oh, I dunno.  Maybe by actually implementing better security?  Ya think?

 

Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post

BTW, did you actually read your BGR link. 71% of 1.2% is hardly bad news considering most targets of those social ruses or phishing attacks are in BRIC or 3rd world countries where Android is by far the predominant mobile OS. iOS has no better protection against phishing attacks than Android. to the best of my knowledge.

 

Oh.  A little sophistry.  Sure, phishing is phishing.  

 

But what do you call it when malware is available directly from Google Play?

Built into otherwise innocent-looking apps?

I call it a disaster.  Google hopes people won't notice.

And no, it's not just a third-world problem here.

 

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Report: Malware-infected Android apps spike in the Google Play store

 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2099421/report-malwareinfected-android-apps-spike-in-the-google-play-store.html

 

TL;DR: 11,000 malware apps in 2011. 42,000 in 2013.  On Google Play.  No phishing needed.

 

Killer quote: "In 2011 Google removed 60 percent of malicious apps, but in 2013 the company removed less than a quarter of them, the report said."

 

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Android smartphones shipping from factory with malware

 

TL;DR: "The malware is disguised as the Google Play Store and is part of the pre-installed Android apps."

 

Killer quote: "More than 1.2 million new malware programs for Android appeared last year and this number is expected to rise sharply."

 

No phishing needed.

Just go to Google Play and help yourself.

 

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post #42 of 45

I've said it before, Apple was building a mobile platform while everyone else was building a phone.

post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by Chipsy View Post

But this definitely isn't a case of shouting first as at that time there wasn't even the slightest talk about Apple doing something like HomeKit.

 

thats because apple knows the first rule of fight club -- they dont talk about it. until it's done and you can buy it, that is. everybody knows this, and its perfectly valid to suggest their competitors announce as much crap as possible...first. then they see whats left sticking to the wall.

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Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

Consider me a late or "never" adopter to home automation.

The rosy scenarios painted for widespread home automation advocates leave out the apartment renters, IMO. I'm seeing a future with fewer and fewer homeowners due to economic and demographic trends, not more.

Well if you live in NYC you can automate your window AC for free.

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

So Google wants Android in to every device in your home while Apple lets each vendor make their own devices with their own firmware design, which only connects to HomeKit via the optional iOS app that uses a standard communication and security protocols. That's a problem!

 

I think this is a key issue here. Apple is known to sell services to sell more hardware. So something like HomeKit (as it stands) was surprising since Apple was allowing non-Apple hardware to interact with it.

 

This is what caught Google flat-footed. So I don't think it is a stretch to say that they changed their tune from 'all Android hardware' to 'software API' to mimic Apple.

 

Of course, Apple is not altruistic, so, as with the HealthKit, I am certain they have some hardware ideas for HomeKit as well. When that happens, Google will be caught flat-footed again.

 

In your own words - Google f*cked up!

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