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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RE: Android permissions...
by tkeith on Fri 28th Feb 2014 20:59 UTC in reply to "Android permissions..."
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While this sounds nice for the user, it's completely unrealistic from a developer context. In addition to all the extra code needed to troubleshoot/work around permissions, it would eliminate a huge category of apps from the market. How do you have a free app w/ads if the user can just block internet access and therefor ads? So by denying a permission you might be taking away the developers reason for making the app.

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