The Android situation

They (as in the great guys and girls who do android stuff around here) finally let me look at some numbers. The situation, it seems, is a bit like with motorcycle clubs in the US: you have the AMA and lots of little local clubs just rolling along, minding their own business, then you have the one-percenters, the outlaws who kinda ruin it for everyone else and are responsible for the bad-boy image of motorcyclists in general.

Only, if the Sturgis rally were something like the Android market, there wouldn’t be throngs of menacing-looking folk milling around on menacing-looking steeds of steel. Sure, you’d still have some of those, but they’d be drowned in a mass of pink-pony-themed, chrome-lined Vespas and impeccably clean beemers ridden by corporate account manager types in Gucci leathers.

That’s because the Android market is, well, surprisingly clean, at least so far. You see, out of the total number of individual instances of apps scanned by Bitdefender in July, only a little bit over 0.009% were found to be malicious.

Make of it what you will, for now, because we don’t have quite enough data to discern trends so far so we won’t speculate. Personally, I think it’s a good thing, so enjoy it while it lasts.

About the author



Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking. Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since. In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.