Quote: Originally Posted by Cr00zng
On paper... Being open source works better for Linux and it's not even compatible to the Android platform. Admittedly, this is due more to the cell service provider than to the actual platform.
Wut? Android is basically a very lightweight linux distro running on ARM processors. It can run linux programs compiled for its architecture, but of course cannot run x86 programs. It is open-source, anyone can submit patches
or enhancements (that's usually a project unless you are a coding ninja).
Being open-source allows a community of developers to port newer versions to the same device, as long as it is known enough. So you can keep your device "updated".
Whoever buys anything from a cell service provider is ripped off badly, but that's not news. At least here.
It has more to do with the market share than the actual platform. Both Windows and Android have more than 80% market share.
Of course nothing is 100% secure without a few years of military-grade code testing (and even then...). But the differences between the two (on the developing side) should yield different results. Or at least I hope so.
Will be interesting to see how this evolves.
Malware devs made their move, let's see how well the Android devs will answer. Doing worse than Windows is impossible for sure.
I find it amusing that for both platforms the most vulnerable app is Java, with Adobe being the close second...
Java has always been a mess on any platform. Thankfully on android you don't need either (flash does not run at all on Android beyond 4.04, period).