Apples and Androids
It’s commonly accepted that Apple’s tightly controlled iOS app ecosystem is a more difficult environment for scammers to push malware into than Google’s relatively open Android marketplace. But a new report from security provider Fortinet shows that Android’s dominance as the market leader in smartphones is making them a even juicer target for bad actors.
“Unfortunately, we believe Android’s higher market share comes with a price; an almost six fold increase in malware targeting the operating system,” Axelle Apvrille, senior mobile anti-virus researcher at Fortinet, wrote in an email release today. “To date, our Labs have seen a 90% increase in Android malware families in 2011 compared to 2010, while malicious iOS families only increased by 25%.”
Google’s surprise purchase of Motorola led a lot of pundits to declare that the window was now open for Microsoft and RIM. They could forge partnerships with some of the manufacturers and carriers who would be wary of allying with a Google that was planning to build its own phone. But the raw data paints a grim picture for the also-rans in the smartphone world.
John Paczkowski at All Things D posted this chart from NPD showing the change in market share when it comes to the smartphones consumers are buying. Android has solidified a massive lead with 52 percent of the market, up from 33 percent this time last year. Apple is the clear second place with 29 percent, up from 22 percent in 2010. Blackberry saw its share dip from 28 percent to just 11 percent. And poor Microsoft saw its last place gap widen, as it fell from 0 percent to just four percent.