Microsoft slams Android on Twitter; response is mixed

It's no secret that Google's Android is the most popular smartphone operating system worldwide. It's also known that Android smartphones seems to be more susceptible to getting hit with malware-based apps. This week, Microsoft decided to take this Android malware issue head on via its official Windows Phone Twitter account.

The message asks people who own Android phones to go on their Twitter account and post up their own issues with Android malware, with the hashtag "DroidRage". It adds that Microsoft "may have a get-well present" for some of the "best/worst" stories.

The response so far has been mixed. Some people took the campaign to heart and talked about their own issues with Android smartphones, such as the one below.

Other Twitter users have not been so kind to Microsoft's latest Windows Phone marketing efforts. Indeed, many people are now posting messages with the #windowsrage hashtag. Some of these particular post have taken the time to slam other Microsoft products outside of Windows Phone. Others have issues with Windows Phone itself, such as the post below

Source: Windows Phone on Twitter

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john.smith_2084 said,
When you download a software to Android it tells you, hey this software will get all your personal info and do whatever it wants with your phone, do you want to download it? Yes? Good luck :-)
I don't download unknown software that request full permissions, period.

Still, Android must do better job to protect people.

Google must report those who put viruses or steal info to the police, this is why we have police!
To Microsoft, about Microsoft Windows Phone, look at the Nexus 4 price and learn, Windows Phone 8 is maybe very good, but Google just raised the bar again, sorry.

You DO NOT understand how easy it is to get malware on Android with NO USER interaction. From attaching to approved Apps for updates to even a couple of *nix holes that have existed for 20 years.

As I mentioned above, if you really thing that social engineering is the only way to get malware on Android, PM me your device IP or phone number, and I'll let one of my security techs send all the proceeds to charity that your phone contributes for you.

We had an Android device last week, that isn't even being 'used' but is sitting docked, receive an update and pop through several though site Ads. The Malware came in this time on a regular App update that was trusted, and the anti-malware software didn't catch it.

Another thing about the Windows Phone, I am a developer and I am still not planning to switch to it, the phone is very good, but we all know that once it gets popular, the Microsoft milking machine will run and milk us all.
- Windows Phone Starter: 10 Phone calls a day, 2 apps running at the same time, and 1 hours of browsing?
- Windows Phone Basic
- Windows Phone Pro
- Windows Phone Enterprise
- Windows Phone Ultimate
Then Office for Windows Phone will cost money
Then you have to buy it and subscribe
And the list goes, milk, milk, milk the customer as soon as they can

john.smith_2084 said,

Then you have to buy it and subscribe
And the list goes, milk, milk, milk the customer as soon as they can

Subscription models are a Harsh reality for those who want a constant revenue stream. However there are basically only 2 versions of Windows 8 as MS has seemingly learned from the mistake of kaving so many SKUs to support out there.

john.smith_2084 said,
Another thing about the Windows Phone, I am a developer and I am still not planning to switch to it, the phone is very good, but we all know that once it gets popular, the Microsoft milking machine will run and milk us all.
- Windows Phone Starter: 10 Phone calls a day, 2 apps running at the same time, and 1 hours of browsing?
- Windows Phone Basic
- Windows Phone Pro
- Windows Phone Enterprise
- Windows Phone Ultimate
Then Office for Windows Phone will cost money
Then you have to buy it and subscribe
And the list goes, milk, milk, milk the customer as soon as they can

This is what I would classify as a mentally challenged Troll.

thenetavenger said,

This is what I would classify as a mentally challenged Troll.

That's harsh. I work with a few who are legally part of that group who would take offense to this comment.

deadonthefloor said,

That's harsh. I work with a few who are legally part of that group who would take offense to this comment.

Hi comment is fair, perhaps your colleagues are mentally challenged too.

I can't believe Microsoft doesn't remember once their windows was a virus magnet too not mentioning blue screen, driver issues .... It took time for them to fix their software. Though I do believe android has fundamental security flaws it'll take time but they will eventually fix it same as Microsoft.

S3P€hR said,
I can't believe Microsoft doesn't remember once their windows was a virus magnet too not mentioning blue screen, driver issues .... It took time for them to fix their software. Though I do believe android has fundamental security flaws it'll take time but they will eventually fix it same as Microsoft.

This is the catch.

The reason Microsoft is 'proud' of Windows Phone is that the team built from security and the entire runtime/application platform is designed around security and isolation technologies.

So WP7/8 are something Microsoft should be proud of regarding Security, Stability and Performance - and this is where they can get in trouble, because the world perception of Windows is completely healed with Windows 7, making something like this an easy target.


I have no problem with Windows Phone, I was an early adopter and actually own an HD7, what I have a problem with is Nokia hoovering all the apps I want off the marketplace and making them exclusive to the Lumia. This is the reason I went back to Android and won't be purchasing another Windows Phone, why should I be forced to buy a Nokia Lumia just to use the apps I want?

I agree with you on the point of exclusive apps. It's getting quite excessive. However, I'll still use Windows Phone because it has quite a few features that I like and a good ecosystem.

I loved my android phone and learned to hate it over time. I love my windows phone and now starting to hate because Microsoft f#%•ed and left me to dry with 7.5... Seeing new app for WP 8 is a horror story
...

the420kid said,
you would have to be a complete moron to get one of those infected apps. wake up people.
or you have a security hole that is exploited and someone installs the app without you knowing. If the device is rootable it is exploitable, I mean otherwise how do people usually get root now days but by exploiting the pre approved existing apps and system files on the device. Don't be a moron and over-generalize. Now if you are not a complete moron then you are LESS likley to get infected. Sure I will admit if you are a complete moron you will get infected alot easier. Bad thing is a large portion of the population buying these things are morons.

the420kid said,
you would have to be a complete moron to get one of those infected apps. wake up people.

See my posts above, you HAVE NO CLUE how easily Android can be infected or the many ways that require NO user interaction whatsoever. I posted a couple of methods above, but there are a ton of entry points for Android, and even the ones Google has tried to close or secure they have did a horrible job.

Sometimes, it's like watching a bunch of children bickering among each other. Every now and then tho, they go cry by Aunt Patent Office.

Some of them really are great

"I tried to buy a Nexus 4 but the device is so popular to get one! I wish it was less popular like Windows Phone. #DroidRage #WindowsRage"

Calum said,
Some of them really are great

"I tried to buy a Nexus 4 but the device is so popular to get one! I wish it was less popular like Windows Phone. #DroidRage #WindowsRage"

That is funny!

Today I realized 'slam' is a blogger meme, with no real meaning, certainly not linked to how any dictionary in the past 100 years would define it, used primarily to get hits and comments about how that's not what slam means.

Android's default keyboard blows ass, on just about every device I've tried. Fixed it with SwiftKey but it's still worth noting I guess.

No issues otherwise.

Im still own an old Motorola Milestone (about 300mb ram and 400mhz), i upgraded the system with Cyanogenmod so i was able to increase the cpu (up to 900mhz stable) and upgraded the system up to Android 2.3.x . Even when it is an old cellphone, it still does the work.

A month ago, Nokia gave me for free (YAY!) a Lumia 610, technically speaking it is about the same than my old Motorola (but with a more modern cpu). However, it is way way way more inferior than my old Motorola, the interface is a mess (it is all about swipe), it lags (my motorola also lags but i disable the animation so it is not a big deal) and now i realized that it is discontinued. Also, i tried some applications and they are subpar. What i liked was the Nokia Map. Also, i lacks of memory slot. Sheesh, this lumia 610 is not even a year old cellphone.

If Android wasn't so bloated and buggy, it would be my OS of choice. I really wanted to like Jellybean but it's just so damn unpolished compared to WP8

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