Eric Schmidt, former Apple board member, former CEO of Google, and one of the all-around wackiest public speakers in modern technology has reportedly once again taken stage to flabbergast and confuse proponents of logic, reason, and truthiness everywhere. John Fontana, ZDNet:
Gartner analyst David Willis, who is chief of research for mobility and communications and who runs Gartner's Senior Research Board, said to Schmidt: "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 didn't miss a beat, replying, "Not secure? It's more secure than the iPhone."
Schmidt's schtick is to say outrageous stuff and get attention just like I'm giving him now. He says stuff he knows that you know that he knows isn't true, but in a way that makes you think he actually believes it. The sheer preposterousness of his statements has targeted privacy, openness, and more over the years. And, frankly, since he can't get headlines by coming to the defense of net neutrality anymore, why not this, right? But here's the thing - does it even matter anymore?
He didn't cite a single source or study to back up his statement. Security is a serious topic that affects lives. It deserves better than a mic drop and move on. So, rather than belabor him, or whatever passes for his point any further, I'd rather use any attention this headline may receive to direct you to some actual, beneficial security coverage for both platforms: