Google’s Eric Schmidt says Android is more secure than the iPhone

By , Oct 8, 2013

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Back in August, an unclassified US government report on mobile security surfaced with data showing the various malware threats discovered on different platforms. And Android took the top spot, accounting for nearly 80% of all threats.

With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Eric Schmidt garnered some laughs yesterday during a question-and-answer session at the Gartner Symposium, when he said that the Android platform was more secure than Apple’s iPhone…

ZDNet reports:

“Gartner analyst David Willis, who is chief of research for mobility and communications and who runs Gartner’s Senior Research Board, said to Schmidt: “If you polled many people in this audience they would say Google Android is not their principal platform [...] When you say Android, people say, wait a minute, Android is not secure.”

Schmidt didn’t miss a beat, replying, “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone.” The Google chairman danced around a straight answer explaining Android has more than a billion users, is a platform that will be around for a while, and therefore goes through rigorous real-world security testing.”

In a recap of the session, Willis says that Schmidt’s comments on Android being more secure drew laughter from the crowd—which according to the symposium website was made up of a bunch of IT professionals and chief information guys.

Apple, for its part, frequently touts the fact that studies show iOS is one of the most secure mobile platforms available. In fact, back in March Phil Schiller tweeted out a link to a ”Mobile Threat Report” showing the lack of security on Android.

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  • Giel Konink

    ahahahhahahahahahhaa

  • Sigurd Boe

    Android is many things the iPhone is not. More secure is not one of them.

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    Nice joke Eric Schmidt. Try again!

    • Tnt4ever

      His pants wet again in Iphone hate

      • Adan

        *unsubscribe*

  • Tom Brady

    Maybe it depends on what you do with it, because i know for a fact i downloaded a workout app on my nexus and my tablet hasnt been thr same since

    • Yaseen AlSuwaidan

      You should let it relax and workout less. ;)

  • geekinit

    This is hilarious! iPhone has more users and is also more affordable too (I’m kidding)

    • felixtaf

      What that has to do with security? U cant take the Mac vs PC argument here!

      • geekinit

        I was totally being sarcastic (hence the I’m kidding). Guess all the fanboys can’t take a joke. Can’t believe people actually care so much about whose mobile OS is more secure.

      • felixtaf

        Wow… You are so generous. Cant believe you don’t care about security…

      • geekinit

        Huh? I never said I didn’t care about security. Getting emotional over which platform is more secure is silly. I was honestly making fun of Eric Schmidt by making other outrageous claims, but people took me literally. Oh well, it’s not like the up and down votes on this site actually mean anything. Especially when reader’s emotions cloud their judgement.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      more affordable?

  • KLau

    Ya, so true.
    Coz no one will steal an android phone but an iPhone.

    • Tnt4ever

      that’s correct….

      You Eric.. correct ….lol

    • Voyaflexel

      YOU MADE MY DAY! :DDD

    • My Wasted Fantasy

      They stole my Android phone :(

      • KLau

        Sorry to hear about that :(

        So seems android phone is not that secure at all ;)
        Eric you should give him a phone for apology

  • Caleb Youngblood

    So that is why Android is pretty much known for malware and unpatched vulnerabilities

    • Kash Gummaraju

      That was during the time when Gingerbread was the dominant Android OS version, if you see now, very few people ever get attacked by malware or anything similar.

  • Tnt4ever

    Any Android phone even the most recently launched can be rooted (JB) in just 2min by using old tools. But for iPhone we have to wait months to do the JB.

    Eric its time to stop dreaming…

    • grumpyfuzz

      You know google is fine with rooting, they don’t care. Apple doesn’t want you to JB your iOS device. If google didn’t want you to root, then they could patch it, easily.

      • Hwang Lee

        You’re right, Google really couldn’t care less. Apple is on the other side of the spectrum though.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      They kind of support rooting, android is supposed to be open source not a walled garden. The fact that you say it can be done in 2 minutes with any old tool and any new phone, you obviously don’t what you’re talking about. Each android phone has its own root kits and tools and also different ones for the OS, and rooting takes alot more time than it does to jailbreak, the fastest someone can root is probably 5-10 minutes.

  • bob

    “Android is more secure than the iPhone”,
    EDIT: *Android Is more secure than iOS.
    Eric Schmidt should get his vocabulary straight before making such a stupid comment.

    • Jarryd Richards

      I think getting his fact straight should be a higher priority.

  • Toni

    He is damn right. To break into an iPhone one just needs a screwdriver.

    • iThinkergoiMac

      A $20 screwdriver…

    • XboxPS

      So does on the Android…..

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        As far as I know the majority of Android phones do not use Apples proprietary pentalobe screws though…

  • omrishtam

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *cough cough* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    Sergey Brin and Larry page should fire this guy.

    What Google was and become it’s a huge difference. And most of the bad things it’s because of this traitor and liar.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      bad? this guy is going around the world trying to help countries like north korea advance in tech and improve relations.I don’t see Jony Ive or Tim Cook doing that.

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        He’s seeking for more profit to Google. And like any CEO, he knows that the Asian market it’s huge. Nothing else.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        I don’t think any company can hope to make a profit in North Korea, NK doesn’t allow it.

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        that’s why they are there,,, “helping countries like north korea advance in tech and improve relations”

        Improve relations = finding ways that both can earn money from that.

        Behind any “good intention” there’s always a good interest on that… if they really wanted to change the world, the last things that anyone should use is greedy companies and guns.

        The Google that was founded by Larry and Sergey I believe 100%. The Google that we know nowadays, controlled by investors it’s totally different. It’s all about money.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Not as much as Apple is, everything that Apple has done recently after the 4S has been purely for money. I don’t think Google Calico, self-driving cars, search, option to remove ads, mobile glass tryout stations, balloon, and maps. Most of these are free and I don’t think most investors want those kind of programs. Obviously Google listens to customers and its investors are the average google user who know what innovation truly is, the development of new products, programs, and new industries.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        The 4S was a good device, it beat out the android competitors at the time of its release with specs. It had a more efficient and powerful processor, the only high pixel density screen, a voice assistant, sleek design, amazing camera which had the same mp count as the competitors, and had a notification center. But then Apple stopped right there after Jobs died, they made a larger 4S with a lower res screen, thin, same battery, same but slightly better processor, same mp but slightly improved cam, and nothing else. Then the iPad mini came(the most obvious show that Apple was now about only money) it had an ultra low res screen, same design as the itouch 5, specs from an ipad 2, and was boasted as being better than the nexus 7 because of the slightly bigger screen size. 5S has some new things such as the camera and fingerprint sensor, but nothing else. The iphone 5c was made of the very materials Apple called samsung out for and shunned in interviews and public, and all of a sudden uses that same material and adds colors! Wow! if that wasn’t about money only then what is?!

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        The thing is, for Google and investors, we (customers) are the products. That services are provided (for free) to keep us using Google and they earn A LOT OF MONEY selling our information. It’s not only with ads that they earn money. They have now a HUGE database to sell everything we like, search, say, our location, where we go on our vacation, etc… to other companies.

  • Abdl

    I bet he has never used an iPhone before

    • felixtaf

      I bet he uses an iPhone even now! lol

  • omrishtam

    is he drunk again?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      He’s probably high instead from using Google Nose to search for marijuana.

      • omrishtam

        LOL

  • mahe

    And that’s the reason why more public unknown vulnerabilities for Android are avail for buying …

    On the other hand a friends Android device got an update although it’s up to date …
    He installed it ota and got malware xD
    Never heard this about iOS …

    • Kash Gummaraju

      obviously he went to the wrong place

  • Ahmad Sherifi

    very funny Mr. Schmidt

  • Ted Forbes

    Eric Schmidt I don’t know who this guy is but he sound like a politician. Politicians are usually talking to the uninformed (stupid) people. Who knows its a lie? The well informed. Except, Eric Schmidt is not talking to the informed.

    So imagine how many phones Google sold to the uninformed because of this lie? Tons, billions of dollars worth. Sure, we might “rattle” on about what he said but he made his pitch and accomplished his point.

    • iThinkergoiMac

      He is the executive chairman of Google.

      • ExRoot

        Talk about “uninformed”!

      • iThinkergoiMac

        Probably not actually uninformed, just a bad PR move. You don’t get to be the 138th richest person in the world by being uninformed. He probably should have just kept his mouth shut rather than say this, but I can’t imagine he would have said that they know for a fact Android is less secure than iOS. That would possibly have been a worse disaster, in their minds at least.

      • Ted Forbes

        iPhone is a reference point for all mobile phones. No one can compete with iPhone, not even Apple! SAY WHAT????Yeah, iPhone is bigger than Apple. But then again another subject for another day.

        My point here is, if you want to sell your phone well then its better to take a swing at iPhone. Do this and people will pay attention. They will run out and buy a better phone then iPhone. Misleading but smart. It works for Samsung, so why not Google.

        “Android is more secure than iPhone” this is swinging at iPhone. This is all it takes for people to pay attention to Google phones. Eric Schmidt just sold tons of phones, billions of Dollars worth of Google phones to the misinformed and like never before. Misleading but smart.

        The uninformed was just misinformed!

      • Jose Adao

        good way to put it!

      • Kash Gummaraju

        …..maybe that was the case about 2 years back, but now the iphone is the joke for all mobile phones, Check the stats, reviews, and how people are slowly realizing that they’ve been mislead and misinformed that the iphone was number one.

      • BozzyB

        “The uninformed was just misinformed!”:
        Same here with Apple devices. There are tons of things people hear about a product which is not true – in both ways – good or bad.
        Also you have to consider the general security of a device. Then I wouldn’t say the iphone is secure.

      • ExRoot

        Quite honestly my comment was more tongue-in-cheek referring to the comment made by Ted Forbes saying ‘I don’t know who that guy is’.

      • Ted Forbes

        You really missing the point by “light years” pal.

        Who cares who he is, its what he is about.

        Maybe it would have been better for you had I not made that silly statement because you are distracting by it and distracting people away from my point.

        I don’t know what else to say if you don’t understand my point by now.

        Nuf-said I am moving on.

      • Ted Forbes

        ” Only the uninformed can be misinformed!”

      • Ted Forbes

        Thanks, but I was being sarcastic by saying “I don’t know who this guy is”. I know who Eric Schmidt is and if I didn’t know I could Google this in one second and know, but who and what Eric Schmidt is is not my point.

        I am referring to what Eric Schmidt is about. What Eric Schmidt is about is more misleading than who and what Eric Schmidt is.

        So my point is Eric Schmidt is successfully misleading the people he know will run out and purchase Google phones because “Android is more secure than iPhones”.

        Eric Schmidt says what he knows will successfully mislead buyers to Google market. Misleading but smart because it works.

        This is my point.

  • Jonathan

    In his dreams.

  • Adan

    He’s off his meds again!

  • Matta Fakt

    Yeah… And Kanye West thinks his records are better than the Beatles’.

  • JulianZHuang

    Hahahahaha

  • Chindavon

    Ba-dump pshhhh…

    • omrishtam

      Da-Dum tsssssss*

      • Chindavon

        That sounded better than mine :o(

      • omrishtam

        nope….mine is the true one :D

  • Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

    the fact that android has an option to allow unauthorized apps to be installed in it’s settings alone makes it the least secured OS out there.

  • Girish

    this is the same man who said that the IPAD is just a larger iphone,,,,
    he always talk nonsense :P

    • dialogueanalog

      he didnt do as badly as ballmer who said that the iphone would fail. there is no market for a phone like that. no wonder he was pushed to leave

      • Girish

        rightly said ;)

  • Dan

    I’m an android user and even I know this is not correct. It’s possible to be secure with android (good habits, anti virus and firewall) but Apple is secure right out of the box.

  • Nick Jones

    It is more secure than iPhone as as a weapon lol. If your being robbed an android is usually much bigger making you more secure if you can smack the crook with the phone!

  • Christopher

    This guy worked for Apple for about 3 years before leaving cuz of “due to conflicts of interest amid the growing competition between Google and Apple”
    So pointless words from a pointless man

  • Luke Levy

    Go home Eric, you’re drunk.

  • Tony Karam

    If he had acknowledged that android is less secure than iOS, he would be hunting for a job right now. Plain simple.

  • Jimmy Wade

    So is my old Timex. But it just tells time.

  • Taf Khan

    Which version of Android is Eric referring to?

    Most people can’t even run the latest version which may be the most secure version yet, android is the most fragmented os ever. Manufacturers/carriers are way too slow to even provide basic security patched where security floors are found… Let alone an update to the latest version of Android.

    Think Eric is a rather confused man.

    • Hwang Lee

      Yet a genius.

      • Taf Khan

        The line between being a Genius and a Crackpot can be rather a fine one.

  • leart za jmi

    Some people just need to speak shit

  • Voyaflexel

    haha, hahaa, AHHAHAHHA!!!!

  • Milad Khahil

    the FBI and Department of Homeland Security released a report on mobile malware that indicated 79 percent of mobile malware threats affect Android. Another 19 percent of the threats target Symbian. Apple’s iOS was targeted by less than 1 percent of mobile malware …
    That report followed a release from Juniper Networks, which found that mobile malware was up 614 percent between March 2012 and March 2013. The company indicated that 92 percent of all the known mobile malware targeted Android.

  • Hwang Lee

    In Android’s defense though, at least it’s open. I mean there is a compromise (possible malware for openess), but they’re getting alot better at cleaning up the Play Store, and really, you’ve gotta be really unconscious of what you’re doing to get malware.

    I will admit, before JellyBean, Android was a mess, but recently they’ve been getting they’re stuff together.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    bullshit

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Yeah right…

  • Magesh Kavungal

    Ok baby Eric Schmidt :P

    Early morning funny message.
    hehehe

  • Al

    Hahaha!! Eric Schmidt made a funny!!

  • Rianti Sinta

    nice try eric schmidt! See & compares on how many antivirus app between google playstore & ios app store!?

  • Ashton wilson

    The iphone is more secure, but that comes with a heavty price…not being able at all to customize or upgrade it much in the future.