Sundar Pichai, Senior VP at Google attended MWC 2014, talking to the press, including the French Android blog FrAndroid. Android’s problems with malware are not a secret to anyone so it would be expected any of Google’s heads would have some answers up their sleeves for any related questions. By answers we mean some way of twisting the ugly truth until it actually looks pretty, but that’s certainly not what Pichai had in mind.
During the interview, the large number of malware directed at Android came up, and Sundar Pichai gave us an honest answer, perhaps too honest for the sake of Google’s image:
“We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android…”
It’s no surprise that the world’s most popular OS has a big malware target on its forehead, but admitting out in the open that freedom was prioritized before security during its design is not something anyone wanted to hear.