Kaspersky Lab says
Android has established itself as the cyber criminal’s target of choice when it comes to mobile operating systems and can be considered the mobile world’s equivalent to Windows.
The evolution of Android malware has gone much more quickly than the evolution of Windows malware.
Bluebox uncovered an Android vulnerability that could effect 99 percent of some 900 million Android devices in the world. Google quickly addressed the defect in its Android mobile operating system, but those fixes appear to be slow in reaching handset owners.
Handset makers tend to push fixes to products popular in the market place, and products they are hyping.
"Almost all OEMs don't care about phones that were sold more than a year ago," said Pau Oliva Fora, an Android analyst with viaForensics. "Not even Google has pushed updates to its Nexus phones yet."
My view is there is something to be said about Apple’s iOS “walled garden.” When something goes wrong with iOS, Apple owns the problem. When something goes wrong with Android, does Google own the problem or do the handset makers, who typically mung the Android operating system for their own purposes?