Apple Marketing Chief Trolls Android Security via Twitter

March 11, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The last time Apple’s marketing chief, Phil Schiller, made it into headlines was by his tweets regarding Instagram. Last April, Phil Schiller claimed that Instagram had “jumped the shark” in its expansion to Android.

And now he’s again topped the front page by throwing it at Google’s mobile OS. “Be safe out there,” reads Schiller’s latest tweet, paired with a link that points to F-Secure’s latest Mobile Threat Report.

The document, which has already received its fair share of coverage since it was out 24 hours back, makes Android’s current security predicament seem like some kind of nightmare. As per the report, in the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered.


Android’s vulnerability also rose to 79% last year which pushed Schiller to taunt Apple’s arch enemy. A vast majority of smartphone owners stick to Google Play when downloading apps. Security threats do sometimes slip into these markets, but both companies are generally quick in erasing malicious software.

Google has repeatedly claimed security threats on its platform are overblown, accusing antivirus companies of playing to these fears in hopes of scamming consumers into buying their products.

Apple’s baby iOS only accounts for 22 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide, so it is apparently nowhere near as vulnerable as Android. While it is open to the occasional multiplatform threat, iOS-targeted threats accounted for only 0.7 percent of 2012 malware threats.

The report found only two profit-motivated threats to the iOS platform in 2012, just one more than either BlackBerry or Windows Mobile.

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