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The number of attacks on Android devices has been rising over the past few months. The malware has exotic names such as "Zitmo," "DroidDreamLight," "Hong Tou Tou," "DroidKungFu," "YZHCSMS," "Geinimi" and "Plankton." In January 2010, Google removed more than 50 fake banking apps from the Android market, and in March of this year, it removed another 50 infected apps, Amit Sinha, chief technology officer at Zscaler, told LinuxInsider. Meanwhile, Android smartphones are growing in popularity.
I have to blame Google on this one. Ubuntu and other Unix-likes have trusted sources from which to get your software. 99.9999% of all the code that the average user needs can be found in a repository that really is trusted. Those other few tidbits are riskier, but generally the risk is acceptable. In the case of Android - the "trusted source" can't be trusted. Google needs to fix that, they need to be proactive in filtering out junk, and their reactions to mistakes needs to improve.
Android isn't really at fault, it's the overall administration of the apps store! I can't praise Apple's handling of it's app store, but they are doing a better job at this point!