Arkos Reed, on 10 February 2013 - 23:28, said:
Android : the only smartphone OS which needs an antivirus to keep users relatively secure. I guess this says it all.
The OS may have some interesting features and possibilities, but the rest is such a mess that it ruins everything :
- Hardware vendor/model specific/carrier specific Android releases with their own specific bugs? Oh c'mon.
- No in-kernel ASLR (and no full ASLR until Jelly-Bean)? oh please.
- Google can't even curate their own app store properly and prevent malware distribution? That one takes the cake.
At work we have both iOS and WP8 phones, they have their own problems (rigidity, lack of real recent innovations and frequent EAS bugs for iOS, immature app store and some lacking features for WP8), but none has as many issues as Android has. Our NOC guys won't allow any Android phones on our systems, and I won't blame them for it.
You only needs an anti-virus if you are doing 2 things.
1. You are paranoia like freaking hell
2. Your downloading pirated apps or just apps from chinese or other downloaders like that.
If you use common sense and download from Play Store, you don't need an anti-virus program to Android at all.
Now to the 3 points you said.
1. Samsung delivers some really good features to their Android devices, like the Smart Stay, Smart Dial, Pop Up Play, S Beam and so on to the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. And to the things about bugs. Tell me one brand that doesn't have bugs?
2. Yeah and?
Every top Android devices is coming with Jelly Bean today. Expecting a dirt cheap Android phone to get the latest and greatest release is not gonna happen.
3. Oh noes, some few malwares can be found in Play Store. How many have you heard about that have got malwares on their Android phones actually?
I can answer you on that. Pretty much zero cases.
Whining about that there might be some risks of getting malware on Android is like crying over that you can get malware or virus on Windows lol.
It's simple. Anyone who cries about this malware hysteria on Android is absolutely not Windows users.