An entire audience laughed at Eric Schmidt yesterday, but he wasn’t doing a comedy routine.
He was speaking during a Gartner Symposium Q&A session when a Gartner analyst said: “If you polled many people in this audience they would say Google Android is not their principal platform […] When you say Android, people say, wait a minute, Android is not secure.”
Schmidt replied, “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone.”
Then, everyone laughed at him, ZDNet reports.
He then noted that Android had over a billion users, is a platform that will be around for a long time and how that means the platform has gone through rigorous real-world security testing.
MacRumors, which picked up on the news, gives a little context on why people laughed at Schmidt’s claim:
Back in March, Apple SVP Phil Schiller tweeted out a “Mobile Threat Report” by F-Secure which showed that Android accounted for 79 per cent of the 301 mobile threats in 2012, while iOS only accounted for 0.7 per cent of mobile threats.