Mobile Malware

Android is the world’s most widely used mobile operating system and continues to be a primary target for malware attacks due to its market share and open source architecture.
— U.S. Department of Homeland Security via Mactrast

I have repeatedly mentioned that there is a price to be an 'open source' OS and this is one of the components of that price. We have seen repeated reports of malware being rampant in Android and it is not difficult to draw parallels between Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows at this point in terms of security vulnerabilities. Apple's Mac OS X was and is clearly more secure than Windows and now Apple's iOS is following suit.

Industry reporting indicates 44 percent of Android users are still using versions 2.3.3 through 2.3.7 - known as Gingerbread - which were known to have a number of security vulnerabilities that were fixed in later versions.
— U.S. Department of Homeland Security via Mactrast

Also in the report are these two points on Android's fragmentation which is also not anything new. What is appalling is that Apple still gets flak for its so called security vulnerabilities where some random hack allows some intrusion in one isolated case, while Google's Gingerbread that was a three year old OS have a number of known security vulnerabilities and no one seems to care! Android 1.0 was released in 2008 and Gingerbread in 2011, so a version of Android that was improved and released three generations after the first still has a number of security vulnerabilities and worse 44% of the users still use it. Anyway good luck to the 'majority' of the smartphone users that have an Android phone out there and it probably makes sense for these guys not use the web as much as the 'minority' of the smartphone users that use iOS, as they cannot surf the web safely without getting a virus on their Android smartphone.

It is important to understand that both iOS and Android have their own pros and cons and what seems like a con to one person might be a pro to another.