You won’t hear Google talk much about malware or Android fragmentation, but both are real and growing problems that don’t really exist on Apple’s devices.
Android itself is a strong operating system, but the way that the platform is delivered to end-users is critically flawed. Rather than taking the iOS approach where updates are sent to users directly, Google chose to adopt a much more convoluted approach.
Critical security and bug fixes are pushed out to the OEMs (cellphone handset makers) who have little incentive to push the update to users. The end result?
Bottom line, unless you buy a smartphone or tablet from Google — and pay the full, unlocked price — then you’re at the mercy of the OEM and carriers. One of the biggest problems with this fragmentation is that a huge number of users – numbering the hundreds of millions –are being left vulnerable to malware and data theft as a result of bugs and vulnerabilities in the code.
To paraphrase Yankee great Yogi Berra, it’s Windows déjà vu all over again.