What with the lack of updates and the Stagefright bug, where they can be sent a simple text message and someone can take over their phones without their knowledge, some Androidians are thinking of upping and leaving the platform.
But where will they go?
Will they join a platform renowned for privacy and security?
Will their non-Android friends exort them to come BackToBlack?
Well, maybe they will but…
They’ll go Apple of course!
Because they’re REALLY STRONG ON SECURITY!
Here’s just one example of a few I’ve seen recently.
Yes, as Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai explains at Motherboard, he’s used to hearing the same disparaging comments we’ve all heard when taking out our phones from the iGnorant and unwashed:
Last week, I was hanging out with some hackers and security experts at a conference in Brooklyn when I took out my Sony phone. “Oh! The journalist uses Android. That’s secure!” said one guy next to me, in a highly sarcastic tone.
Now, I don’t know about you, but at this point I think the tone might give the iPhonian ‘expert’ away… anyway, Lorenzo goes on to encapsulate all that we have been saying about Android for some time now. He’s always been a fan. He loved being ‘contrarian’ (by that he means not an iPhonian), but the OS is old, dated, the updates are a joke and, despite the fact that he’s known for ages that the security was laughable THIS has pushed him over the edge.
To, as he says, the ‘dark side’
Why? Well, he says that, unlike Android Apple are able to patch their OS asap as they have control over the hardware. That the patch for Stagefright has already been sent out (but not applied) and he is right.
Well, about the Android part anyway.
Because, as WE all know, Apple are told about vulnerabilities all the time and they do virtually nothing about them. Indeed Brad recently found, to everyone’s surprise, that iOS has the LARGEST amount of security vulnerabilities on the market by a country mile.
But, if we leave that to one side, if Lorenzo wants to send me his phone number (I’d get it anyway through Whatsapp without his knowledge if I used it, obviously) after he goes iPhonian I’ll merrily send him a text which will switch his phone off. Even pop it in a loop so he can’t get it back on, if he fancies.
Because, of course, Apple haven’t fixed that one, either.
No, my Androidian friends, don’t be fooled. There was a reason you rejected the shiny devil in the first place. That’s not where you should be looking.
You want something that works.
Something that won’t be controlled or shut down by something as simple as a text message.
You want a BlackBerry.
And anything else is selling yourself short.