No, Google’s Sundar Pichai Didn’t Say Android’s Openness Makes It Less Secure

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This morning at Mobile World Congress, Google’s Sundar Pichai discussed Android’s security and the impact of its ‘openness’ thereof.

A local site quoted Pichai as indicating that Google’s Android operating system was, to quote one reblog of the comments, “not designed to be safe, it was designed to be open.” Naturally, something of that nature caused a stir. Google admitting that Android is inherently insecure due to its core tenet of openness?

Unsurprisingly, that’s not what Pichai actually said. In fact, he made the opposite point, arguing that Android’s openness actually makes it more secure, not less. 

TechCrunch secured a transcript (in English) from Google of the relevant portion of the event. Responding to a question contrasting the security position of Android and iOS, Pichai said the following (Bolding TechCrunch):

Sorry, the premise of the question is because Android is open, it has more security issues? Respectfully, I’m not sure that’s a…

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