SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google's Eric Schmidt raised eyebrows during a speech on Monday when he claimed that Android is more secure than iOS.
When asked why people view the Android mobile operating system as insecure, Schmidt responded by saying, "Not secure? It's more secure than the iPhone," perhaps unsurprisingly adding that he would rather use Android, Chrome and Gmail.
Schmidt didn't back up his claim beyond claiming that Android goes through "rigorous" real world testing.
Scmidt was speaking at a Gartner Symposium event in the US when he made the remarks, which reportedly were met with laughter from the audience. This is no doubt because Apple's iOS is widely viewed as the more secure operating system of the two.
A report from February, for example, claimed that the iPhone accounts for 77 percent of mobile device activations in the enterprise market due to its focus on security, while a report released a month earlier claimed that over 60 percent of Android smartphone users are running an outdated version, leaving over 400 million users exposed to potential security threats.
Apple's Phil Schiller took a dig at Android's alleged lax security earlier this year too, tweeting a link to a F-Secure report that highlighted vulnerabilities in Android.
However, Google has made efforts to improve Android security with every release. The firm recently added a built-in malware scanner that automatically checks apps before they are downloaded, for example, so it's likely that Android vulnerability statistics aren't as dire now as they were previously.
Schmidt also addressed another complaint about the Android ecosystem during Monday's question and answer session - that the mobile operating system is fragmented.
He said, "With Android we have an agreement for vendors that you keep the Android stores compatible and this is a great breakthrough for Android." µ