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Google chairman Eric Schmidt thinks Android is ‘more secure than iPhone’

by Doug Drinkwater

October 8 2013

Google chief Eric Schmidt may often bang the drum for Android in public, but his latest insistence that the platform is more secure than Apple’s iPhone is raising eyebrows.

When speaking to analyst David Willis at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando on Tuesday, Schmidt followed up on previous claims of Android superiority on apps, developers and device sales by claiming that the OS is also better on security too.

The claim came about after Willis implied that most people in the audience swerved Android devices because of security fears.

 “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone,” said Schmidt, in comments first reported by ZDNet. The Google chairman didn’t however give a detailed reason for this assumption, choosing instead to point to over one billion Android device activations and Google's own tough security testing as some way of proof.

Later on in the discussion, Schmidt added that “Android is very secure” and even hinted at the possibility of Google Now in the enterprise.

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