No mobile operating system has perfect security, but there seems little doubt Android's is better than that of the iPhone, in particular.
Owing in large part to the security advantages of the Linux platform it's built on, Android offers superior security on several fronts. First, applications are kept separate from each other, and are given a distinct set of permissions governing what they can and can't do. So, an Android user will know that a malicious app is suspicious the moment they try to install it, whereas an iPhone user would have no idea, very likely until the harm is done.
Then, too, there's the diversity factor, which as with Linux makes it harder for malware to target more than a subset of devices. Once again, it's in diversity, not monoculture, that strength exists.
Apple's closed, "walled garden" approach also means that businesses must rely on the company to control security, rather than oversee it themselves. With Android as with Linux the openness of the platform means that the massive worldwide community of developers and users can monitor and improve security themselves, as the need arises.
I don't know about you, but security is not something I want to trust to a single, idiosyncratic company with its own timetable and agenda.
In addition to improved customer service, the diversity and competition inherent in the Android arena are bound to lower costs, once again, that's just part of the free market. Most Android apps are also free, providing further icing on the cake.
There's nothing like competition to keep prices low, and that's clearly a good thing for business.
Last but not least, the fact that Android is based on Linux is another winning advantage. Linux is being embraced by governments and businesses around the globe in increasing numbers every year. In fact, none other than Neelie Kroes, European Digital Agenda Commissioner, has become a vocal proponent of open source software like Linux, as can be seen in this video.
Linux servers now represent 16.8 percent of all server revenue, up 2.5 points over 2Q09, IDC recently reported. While accurate numbers are harder to find for desktop use, since most copies of Linux are free and therefore not typically counted in any purchase log, at least one recent estimate from O'Reilly Media puts it at about 10 percent.
W3schools, another reliable source, pegs Linux at closer to 5 percent, which is still not far from the Mac's 6.7 percent. Either way, it seems safe to say it's not the 1 percent figure detractors love to cite.
Linux, in other words, has made much more than a "dent" in the business world, especially in the cloud and server sectors, and many of the good reasons for that are shared by Android. It's reliable, it's free, it's secure, it's open, it's supported and there's no vendor lock-in.
No way could Microsoft, with its long history of monopoly, malware, resource-intensiveness and poor mobile performance, come even close to what Android offers.
Is your company averse to flexibility, freedom, security, savings, employee satisfaction and better customer service? If so, then Android's not for you. If, on the other hand, you want to be able to get what's best for your business, then you may want to give it a look.