Google Inc.â€™s Android operating system for mobile devices is more vulnerable to hackers and viruses than Apple Inc.â€™s iPhone platform, according to security-software maker Trend Micro Inc.
â€œAndroid is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code,â€ Steve Chang, chairman of Trend Micro, the worldâ€™s largest provider of security software for corporate servers, said in an interview in Taipei yesterday. â€œWe have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. Itâ€™s impossible for certain types of virusesâ€ to operate on the iPhone, he said.
Google, owner of the worldâ€™s most-popular online search engine, offers Android for free and allows developers access to its code for writing software. Apple, whose iOS software trails Android in smartphone market share, requires every application to be approved before being sold in its online store.
â€œOn all computing devices, users necessarily entrust at least some of their information to the developer of the application theyâ€™re using,â€ Mountain View, California-based Google said in an e-mailed statement. â€œAndroid has taken steps to inform users of this trust relationship and to limit the amount of trust a user must grant to any given application developer.â€