Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Google Believes Android is as Secure as iOS

Google Believes Android is as Secure as iOS

Google announced on Thursday morning that its changing the name of Android Wear, its line-up of wearables like smartwatches.

While no one would ever go far as to say that iOS is altogether impervious to malware, the reality over the past few years is that iOS has simply been more secure than Android.

With more than 50 watches powered by Android Wear since its inception, Google saw some 60% growth in year-to-year activations over the the last two holiday seasons.

"Google is constantly improving our tools and methods, applying new machine learning techniques, and updating our detection and response systems to protect against new vulnerabilities and PHAs", writes Google in the report.

Back when I had an active interest in Android Wear (quite ways back now), the number of available Android Wear devices was pretty thin on the ground.

Google's Android Wear will be known as Wear OS from now on. Wear OS even has a new slogan: "Make every minute matter". For now, though, bask in the glory of the new logo.

This dedication to iPhone owners may seem like an odd move when something like the Apple Watch exists, but Google also notes that 1 out of 3 people with an Android Wear watch also have an iPhone.

The Android Wear brand was introduced in 2014. Today's name change comes ahead of next weeks Baselworld expo, where it's likely that fashion brands and other watch makers will announce another wave of Android We. By opening up the design and hardware to actual watchmakers, as well as traditional tech brands, Google has mustered together a HUGE range of brilliant-looking smartwatch devices. This time we have the Gboard for Android with a new version update. Expect to hear a lot more about what's in store for Wear OS at Google I/O in June.

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