Sundar Pichai responds to Tim Cook’s comments regarding Android’s security and user turnover


Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, and a ton of other people at Apple have typically never had anything nice to say about Android. That’s not to say Android’s leaders have never fired back, but Apple’s crew does not seem to do actually look at the facts. At WWDC a few weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook decided to talk about Android. He rallied his crowd by bringing up Android’s security flaws and called it a “toxic hell stew.” Android and Chrome’s leader, Sundar Pichai, sat down with Businessweek to make some clarifications and issue a response.

When asked about the “toxic hell stew” comment that Cook made, Pichai explained:

“You have to be careful when you make a $100,000 Mercedes (DAI:GR) car not to look at the rest of automotive industry and make comments on it. … We serve the entire breadth of the market, globally across all form factors, et cetera. Android from the ground up is designed to be very, very secure. … History shows typically that malware is also targeted at the more popular operating system. So you know there is that.”

He then followed this by saying Google Play does a very good job ensuring safety. It detects and scans application that come from the Play Store and even outside of its own store. Pichai feels the data is “encouraging.”

Pichai was asked how he feels about Apple touting Android users shifting over to iOS devices at an accelerated pace. For Pichai and Google, that is nothing to worry about. He seen differing figures:

“Every piece of data I look at tells me that people are adopting Android at a faster pace than any other operating system. We are doing remarkably well. … They run a great show. I take it for the value of the show. … Do I worry about what they are doing? Yes. They are a great company. I think they are building a very good product and it’s vertically integrated, which helps them do certain things faster.”

Source: Businessweek

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Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • Barath

    He don’t have anything to talk back

    • Maxim∑

      he actually did, its just that talk android didn’t quote it. which is funny

      Go read the whole thing

  • BookWorm

    No, it’s just that Google is more classy than Apple or Microsoft. They don’t run commercials badmouthing or making fun of their competitors, and except for a comment Vic Gundotra made at an I/O 3-4 years ago, Google executives do not say nasty things about competitors.

    Apple has consistently been a trash talker “Redmond, Start Your Copiers!” at WWDC, how tasteless to have those banners hanging at your premier developer convention. Steve Jobs “I’m going to destroy Android… Go Thermonuclear.” “Small tablets you’ll need to file down your fingers” It is rare to find this kind of angry cheese or snark coming from Google execs.

    It comes from internal culture. Google is internally, not as secretive as Apple, it did not have a single cult-of-personality behind a leader, and people are expected to be ‘Googley’, focused more on solutions instead of pointless emotionalism.

    • Pär Eklund

      Very well put and very true. Few people argue against Apple making good products. It’s their snarky, self-righteous, bad mouthed and hypocritical attitude that is turning people away.

      • Maxim∑

        slow down…

        Its a APPLE conference with APPLE developers. Tim Cook made a joke, people laughed and we moved on. Get over it or create drama for the next couple of months

    • Kira

      If Redmond did copy the products, there’s nothing wrong in what he says, right ?? And Google doesn’t accuse its competitors because what Google has is copied from them. It can’t accuse the company from which the product was stolen.

      And yes, the internal culture between the companies are different. Google just claims ‘open source’ , ‘free’ while having enormous vulnerabilities in its ‘advanced’ mobile operating system for a broad user base and puts all of them at risk , while Apple is dedicated to providing the best possible service to its limited user base.

    • Kira

      Throught its history, Apple has been ripped off by many companies. Entire operating system concepts has been stolen, and remade by other companies. Entire hardware models have been copied.

      It’s legit that they’re furious and bashing others while presenting, because you know that others are going to start their copiers

  • Alaska Ryder

    Tigers dont loose sleep from the opinions of the sheep

  • Pooka-kun

    I like how Apple lashed back at them while he simply still praised him. Apple will never EVER do this and become that nice a company.