Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:35 UTC

Google's Android head, Sundar Pichai, on security (original in French):

We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android.

Malware authors may be writing a lot of malware for Android, but they're not very good at it - less than 0.001% of all application installations on Android (in and outside of Google Play) penetrate Android's security.

In other words, this is a complete non-issue - no matter how often antivirus companies and certain bloggers drum it up.

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Psychological effect.
by dsmogor on Fri 28th Feb 2014 07:45 UTC
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Even with technical means (perms) in place and working, common users usually not understanding security architectures tradeoffs will fall into associating a risk factor connected with Android OS as opposed to WP , IOS or BBRY.
Here a walled garden approach gives them better *sense* of security.

The same could be achieved in Android if Google and partners started promoting a conscious choice between using 3rd party sources or not. Having 3rd party installs associated with risk can also do some good to piracy metrics. Getting customers to understand something is much harder task than making things work on technical level though.

Edited 2014-02-28 07:46 UTC

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