Google’s Android system isn’t exactly known for its strong security features. While the company has tried to change that by introducing new and far more stringent security measures year-on-year, the image, at least as far as the security is concerned, remains mostly unchanged. Now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has put that in words and actually quantified it.
Speaking at the VivaTech 2021 event, which is one of the largest digital startup events held annually in Europe, Cook claimed that Google’s Android mobile operating system has 47 times more malware than Apple’s own iOS platform. The Apple CEO also gave a reason for this claim. He said that iOS has less malware than Android because it has been designed in a way that there’s one app store and that ‘all of the apps are reviewed’ before they are made available in the App Store.
Another reason that Cook cited for this chasm is the fact that Android allows sideloading mobile apps. For the uninitiated, sideloading enables users to download apps directly from the internet in addition to the concerned app store. The Apple CEO said that sideloading mobile apps was not in the best interest of the users. He also said that if Apple was allowed to sideload apps, it would destroy the security and privacy of its mobile platform.
Cook also talked about the proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA) in Europe. DMA aims to restrict big tech companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google from monopolising their position in the market. It also aims to create a fairer business environment for companies and individuals that depend on big tech companies to offer their services. When asked about Apple’s stance on the proposed legislation, Cook gave a mixed response. “As I look at the tech regulation that's being discussed, I think there are good parts of it, and then I think there are parts of it that are not in the best interests of the user,” Cook said at the conference as reported by Gadgets 360.