Microsoft Taking Shots at Google and Android Again


Microsoft has always enjoyed taking shots at Google. Many of you will remember their “Scroogled” campaign from a few years ago, which was utterly laughable. Today Microsoft continues to take misinformed shots at Google and Android in their blog posts detailing the business features and security measures of Windows 10:

This level of commitment and support is far different than Android, for example, where Google refuses to take responsibility for updating their customers’ devices, leaving end-users and business increasingly exposed every day they use the device.

While it is certainly true that the Android OS versions are much more fragmented than we’d like them to be, this doesn’t really tell the entire story. Many of the important security features for Android are housed in Google Play Services, an application that is on the overwhelming majority of Android phones. In addition, Google does take responsibility for updating this app every six weeks (or sooner), and has even reported recently that 93% of Android devices are running on the current version of Google Play Services.

I certainly wish that Google and the hardware manufacturers were on the same page more often when it comes to Android OS updates. However, we also have to keep in mind that this is a complicated process that takes into account subtleties in the different Android skins the manufacturers run. Overall, I’m certain we will continue to see Google work with Samsung, HTC, LG, and other hardware giants to give us a better turnaround time in the latest new features for our Android devices. In the meantime, lets all be glad we don’t have to use a Windows Phone. 😉


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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"