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Thursday Poll: Worried About the Android Market and Malware in Apps?

After yesterday’s DroidDream malware story jumped into the tech spotlight, we heard opinions on the situation from a few of our readers, but never really got the feeling that any of you were all that concerned about any of it.  Sure, some of the big tech sites jumped on it and made it sound like Android was the worst thing to happen since Paris Hilton’s birth, but for the most part, average users seemed to be confident in the Google team and the openness of the market.  Is that the case or are you all just not being vocal about it?  No better way to let your voice be heard than through one of our polls.  So tell us…

Are you worried about the Android Market and malware in apps?

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  • http://www.johnpariah.wordpress.com/ John Pariah

    Google should revise their horrible market completely. Shouldnt take me 10 minutes of digging, to find App X on my Droid, and 30 seconds to find it on my iPad.

  • Justin

    I am more concerned with getting a virus on my phone due to porn downloads..

  • Ajbj121

    As Ben Franklin, said “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither freedom nor security and will lose both.” I believe there needs to be SOME changes but locking it down like iOS is out of the question. And Franklin’s statement can be applied to many things like the TSA at airports too, anywayz that’s a different topic.

  • Lancer033

    I posted this idea on Android Central yesterday and i’ll repost here because i think it has a lot of merit. We all like an open platform and i none of us want google to start acting like apple with the market. That said, it would be nice if developers had the option of submitting their apps to google for certification. Google could run it through a check to see if it does whatever the app is supposed to do and is programed to a reasonable standard so it’ll work as advertised without messing up other things in the phone and don’t have any extra bad code. Then in the marked we could see some kind of “google certified” logo or whatever. This certification would be totally optional, but it would give new developers a chance to prove that their stuff is good if they wanted to, but at the same time not restrict us to draconian apple policies because the market would still be open to anyone.

    • BigDaddyEllison

      I really like the thought of being able to sell “certified apps” without having to pay to certify all of them.

    • Anonymous

      IMO, they should at least do this for the “featured apps” section of the market. I looked at the featured games yesterday and I saw one with 2 stars… looking at the reviews, the app appearently FCs nonstop and has all sorts of other problems with it… yet it’s a featured app.

  • Anonymous

    I will say IOS does suck and its boring because well its just apps and not really yours….anyways…i will say because apple checks the apps they are safer, more unified, and less intensive on battery which i do admire about ios….though i dispise it…. google in my opinion needs to make apps look more unified and have higher resolution icons and try to inspect them before there put in the market. Test and try to improve battery maybe and any fixes for security… Between an amazon, vcast, apple, and google market….find something in between the apple and amazon one…..

  • tehshift

    Of course you take a risk when putting sensitive information in to your phone. If you want to be part of an open system, you need to take your own precautions in protecting yourself. Its bad for the people who don’t spend the time to learn about what they are doing, but how is that any different than using internet explorer?

  • Anthony

    It is good to be open, but they need some regulation to a certain extent. The nice thing about iOS on my iPad was knowing that when I downloaded an app it was going to work right and I didnt have to worry too much about if it was going to mess something up or kill my battery since it was reviewed and approved by Apple. Android could use something similar.

    • tehshift

      We’re talking about malware, not inefficient programming. Go find someone else to talk at about your apple product.

    • Anonymous

      i sort of agree with you on some aspects…the rules could be tighter, and apps could have to be reviewed…….frankly i think thats why we have a lot of crap apps in the market aka (puzzles) dam puzzles and spam…….they should just take it out….also just make the icons high quality like few are and put them in a cirle or something, cause i well personally like unity when i look at my app drawer. I love android just needs a couple touch ups… *WAITS FOR HIS THUNDERBOLT*

  • Anonymous

    I’m slightly concerned, but don’t know what changes can be made to fix this. This is part of open. Anyone can publish anything they want. If Google starts screening before apps can be published to the market that is a slippery slope to becoming a closed ecosystem.

    Only real change I can think of is that Google needs to change their policy of customer support and have some people manning and working on the Market in a real time basis. Make a chat feature or *gasp* an actual phone line. Don’t take days to respond to requests. That may help with getting known bad apps out of the Market.

  • Dave

    If Google doesn’t monitor the app Market more then other app stores (especially Amazon’s) could become popular. Amazon announced that they’ll be checking and monitoring their app store more than Google. If so, then I’m more likely to get apps from them.

    Google should have some sort of balance between what it is now and Apple’s app store.

  • Theman

    Don’t have to ever worry about that on a stable Mac OS. iOS owns all.

    • Anonymous

      “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

      “The Man” in this case was Benjamin Franklin. iOS may own you, but I’ll take my personal responsibility and my cash to an OS that offers more opportunity for freedom. Popularity means little. Just ask a lemming.

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        Yes app screening is exactly what Benjamin Franklin had in mind when he made that statement. How about this one for you.

        “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do”

        In this case you’re the fool.

        • Anonymous

          That’s funny Jeff. Of course, Franklin wasn’t talking about app screening. He was talking about liberty. In my humble estimation, liberty and open-source are quite similar. Both have more risk and require more personal responsibility.

          BTW: Maybe there are two Jeff Bernards commenting on this site, but it sure seems like you “criticize, condemn and complain” quite a bit. Maybe it’s the other Jeff Bernard. Regardless, I won’t call you a fool, but I will continue the Ben Franklin theme:

          “A place for everything, everything in its place.”

          There’s a place for you Jeff, and it starts with a Google search for “iPhone blog.”

          • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

            I don’t criticize. I provide rebuttal to incorrect statements. Android is wonderful and for people who think removable storage, flash, subpar battery life and inferior apps are important I would recommend Android over iOS. However, when people make ridiculous comments based only on their ideological beliefs I am here to correct them. As someone who has used Android since the release of the original droid and recently switched to iOS I am in a unique position to provide facts. By the way open-source would be closer to pure anarchy than liberty. Franklin was a Federalist and supported a strong Federal Government which is similar to the role Apple plays in their ecosystem.

    • http://twitter.com/Monstergamer311 Ryan Stainback

      I have a macbook and love apples mac osx over windows any day, but i have owned my OG Droid since day 1 and would never switch to the i*h*ne because i like the freedom to make it mine. look how long it took Steve J*bs to let you even have a wallpaper on you phone. jailbreaking was the only way. IOS is good if you dont really want it to be your own. Android is about freedom and personality. every one is different and thats a good thing, cause all people dont like the same old thing in a new box.

      But back on topic, Android could monitor the apps a little better. Glad i have lookout tho

  • Anonymous

    Pretend you keep important stuff on type phone and read the permissions…

  • Eazy

    I blame the fapple commies those bastards are jealous of the meteoric rise of Android

  • Eazy

    I blame the fapple commies those bastards are jealous of the meteoric rise of Android

  • Mr. Steve

    Separate note, fix the stupid mobile site. The full version took like 3 minutes to load on my crappy 3g connection at work.

  • Anonymous

    More like not really concerned but now I guess I will rock lookout… simple fix… just wish I could get it on my XOOM.

    • Chuckles

      If you transfer the .apk to your xoom it will run…guess they just haven’t made a honeycomb/xoom version yet….

  • Mr. Steve

    I’m not concerned considering, if I remember correctly, the infected apps were only in the market for a few hours and when android police contacted Google an android engineer only took ten minutes to suspend the apps for further review. Plus, lookout already sent out an update to identify the new malware so no, I still not concerned. But, I’m sure that every single apple fanboy will quote this incident for the next few months.

  • jordan

    dont you mean “yes, i’m GENUINELY concerned…”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

    Is that pic an actual alert of is it photoshopped?

    • Mr. Steve

      I believe that it is real because someone actually did install the software to see what it would do and lookout alerted them like this before anything could happen.

  • Chuckles

    Have they not made a version of lookout for honeycomb/xoom? Can’t seem to find it in the market…

    • Anonymous

      Same… right now the only thing that I see is makafee and I don’t even think it has anti virus by the looks of the reviews on it.

  • Derickmc

    i use lookout and have never gotten a malware alert with any of my apps, so I’m not concerned at all.

  • Derickmc

    i use lookout and have never gotten a malware alert with any of my apps, so I’m not concerned at all.

  • DroidzFX

    Why does almost every app need access to my contacts or phone identity? Wallpaper app doesnt need access to my contacts. Facebook does not need to know my phones identity. Permission per block app is what we need.

    • DroidzFX

      Should be able to deny specific permissions the app is requesting. Most exceed the needed permissions and we have no idea what they are doing with that data.

  • Anonymous

    Lol disqus is displaying post times en español…

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I’m more worried about legit apps changing permissions in order to gather my personal information. I probably have 5 or more apps I refuse to update because I know the app doesn’t need the new permission. For a lot of them, I had been using them just fine for six months and now they need contact data or permission to record audio? I’ll pass…

  • Mth2134

    Moto votes for “What? There was a malware scare??”

  • Jroc869

    it happens. this is the price we pay to have such an open platform. Lookout is free and works pretty darn good.

  • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

    The apps that were malware were apps that were rip offs of paid apps. If you see two apps and one is paid and one isn’t you wouldn’t question it? Plus the sex ones were plain funny but I wouldn’t have downloaded those anyway. Apple fanboys are trashing the whole virus thing but you know what I still have the ability to install whatever I feel like and I wasn’t effected by the malware so I’m good to go anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Mobile Defense would update their app….. it’s taking forever. I should just go with lookout

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Yes, I’m generally concerned and think changes need to happen.

    Uhh…NOT!

    If you are a responsible user, you need not worry about malware. Sure, it’s there, but why think about it if you are careful about what you download?

    Basically…’think’ before you download, and you should be fine.

    • Anonymous

      As a IT guy you would think more’people thinl that way but nope. I see more people at work just go click click click oh crap… Its the same for PC’s not getting a virus is easy if you’re smart. More people blame the PC for what they did.

    • Anonymous

      As a IT guy you would think more’people thinl that way but nope. I see more people at work just go click click click oh crap… Its the same for PC’s not getting a virus is easy if you’re smart. More people blame the PC for what they did.

  • (v)urphy

    So, is the mobile site disabled by default so we are forced to visit the full site for ad revenue…hmm?? Jus sayin…it’s been down for days

    • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

      The mobile version of droid life is back up…I checked yesterday, and it was down, but today, it’s finally back.

      EDIT: Actually, I take that back, it’s down again.

    • Mike

      I don’t know what’s been with the mobile site lately but its been wonky.

    • Mth2134

      New Poll:
      Is Kellex part of a conspiracy to generate ad revenue by taking down the mobile site?
      A. Yes that Hyperbeast is all about the bling bling
      B. No Kellex has so much money he alone finances Boost Mobile
      C. Who is Kellex and what has he done to my dog?

      • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

        Wheres all of the above you d****? :P

    • Anonymous

      Leave it down. I’d rather get the full site on my Xoom.

      • Anonymous

        Hate the mobile site, even on my DX.

        • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

          It used to work fine though.

          There really needs to be a dedicated Droid Life Commenting app.

      • Anonymous

        Hate the mobile site, even on my DX.

  • Anonymous

    I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle of not concerned and non story. I think it’s a great story because maybe it will make more people aware of what they’re installing. I don’t think it’s a big deal though because you shouldn’t just go around installing everything you see from non-reputable vendors.

    • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

      Exactly. Plus, “knowledge is power” and all that. I bet these malware apps had wonky permissions for what they were doing, and maybe had comments in the market warning that it wasn’t a good app.