Google Android chief says Android not designed to be safe

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  1. ardchoille

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    Earlier this week, Google Android chief Sundar Pichai explained that Android is designed to be open more than it's designed to be safe.

    Earlier this week, Google Android chief Sundar Pichai spoke at the Mobile World Congress where he explained, rather bluntly, that Android is designed to be open more than it's designed to be safe. He also added that if he were a hacker today, he too would focus most of his efforts on Android.

    Source: Network World
     
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    Sounds like a really stupid thing for an Android Chief to say -- in public. :)
     
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    Can't help but agree with that. Maybe he was trying to be honest above all else, but I also think his statement has the potential to damage the platform.
     
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    Catering to the hackers, the people who purchase PCs instead of Macs so they can play with the computer rather than use the computer. Many more of them and they upgrade at a much faster rate (shorter time interval) than people using a computer for an end (as opposed to as an end).
    Not saying all PC users are hackers and no Mac users are, just a larger portion.
     
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    That isn't really a smart thing to say, but he may want to be honest and all.

    I don't understand why a lot of people pick Android. Its unstable. Everyone knows that. If iOS wasn't real I would pick a windows phone instead of a android phone.
     
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    I think I'd have held onto Blackberry as long as possible if iOS didn't exist, but I wouldn't trust Android.
     
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    Maybe they should recall all phones and tablets if they are not safe......... Joke ok let's not get too excited lol
     
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    I don't think this is a fair description of the term "hacker". "Playing" with a computer is as valid a use of a computer as any other. If one is trying to learn about computers, that is "an end" just as any other. The number of PC users is much larger than the number of MAC users, so it only follows that most hackers are PC users rather than MAC users. But since OS X is based on some Unix version anyway, it is just as "hacker" worthy as any PC. After all, a MAC is just a PC made by Apple.
     
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    Google has been criticized lately for not really being "open". I think this is what the Android Chief was realy trying to defend. I don't think he was really saying that Android was not designed to be safe. He was trying to say that the higher priority was placed on open than safe. His words were unfortunate because they can easily be taken out of context, and he should have been more careful. I also believe that if being "safe" were the number one priority in any OS design, then it would have to be so locked down as to forebid Internet use, sharing, file transfer, etc. Then no one would want to use that OS. Thus, a balance is always made. Also, there is a big difference in an "open" OS verses a "closed" one. I think "open" will always be a little less safe than "closed", just by nature of what they are intended to achieve.
     
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    I totally forgot about blackberry! Yes I may also get blackberry.
     

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