Apple’s Phil Schiller takes on Android over malware issues

Poking fun at Google’s popular mobile OS, Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller recently tweeted a link to F-Secure’s latest Mobile Threat Report, paired with a ‘Be safe out there’ warning message.

The F-Secure report mentions that around 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered in the fourth quarter of 2012 alone. Stats reveal that Android’s share of mobile threats rose to 79 percent in 2012 compared to 66.7 percent in 2011, while iOS’ share was just 0.7 percent.

Putting the numbers aside (as the report is also based on a specific methodology), this tweet from a senior Apple executive isn’t fair. Not entirely at least!

It is worth mentioning here that Schiller is not an active Twitter user. Prior to this, his tweet came on December 25 to wish all his followers a Happy Christmas. And before that, he sent prayers message to the folks in Newtown, Connecticut. In April 2012, Schiller tweeted: “It(Instagram) ‘jumped the shark’ when it went to Android.”

This time, Schiller’s tweet takes a stab at Android by just warning users to “be safe out there.” While tech companies are making fun of each other, here is some advice for Android users. You can easily avoid issues with malware in apps by taking caution when you sideload apps. All you have to do is make sure that they are coming from a reputable site and/or person.

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