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Mourouganandame Arunachalam
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I just gone through this http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/05/google-android-security-technology-security_0205_android.html link, which reports a security vulnerability of Android Browser.

Is Android platform matured enough?

How is the bug fixes & releases and forums support?
 
Mark L. Murphy
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I just gone through this http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/05/google-android-se...ogy-security_0205_android.html link, which reports a security vulnerability of Android Browser.


Relying on Forbes for technical information is akin to relying on Cat Fancy for geopolitics.

In this specific case, there was a flaw in OpenCORE, the PacketVideo open source multimedia framework, that was discovered. However, since the browser (or any app using OpenCORE) and OpenCORE run in separate processes as separate users, the OpenCORE flaw would, at most, affect the use of OpenCORE. This is not to say that the flaw was meaningless.

Is Android platform matured enough?


Compared to what?

How is the bug fixes & releases and forums support?


Right now, Android is averaging one patch release every two months, each containing bug fixes and new enhancements.
 
Mourouganandame Arunachalam
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Thanks for your response Mark.

Compared to what?


When I say matured, I'm referring to stability of the platform... (I could see defects alone around 590+ open issues.... considerably at the high end rite?)
 
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When I say matured, I'm referring to stability of the platform...


Oh, I understood that. But, I ask again: compared to what?

For example, some people consider Windows to be highly stable. Others think Windows is highly unstable.

I can tell you:

  • Android is layered atop of Linux and other components (e.g., WebKit) that get a fair amount of reuse and attention
  • Android runs all end-user apps in their own processes with their own user IDs (unless two such apps agree to share a user ID), to help isolate any security issues
  • On the other hand, Android is the first system to use the Dalvik VM and its associated class libraries


  • On the whole, I would expect Android to be more stable than Windows Mobile and Symbian. I would expect Android to be somewhat less stable than iPhone (simply because Android supports background processing, which iPhone does not). I lack enough knowledge of Blackberry to make a comparison there, and Palm WebOS is not yet available for comparison.
     
    Fred Grott
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    compared to Symbian Android is 1000 fold more stable..

     
    Rohan Dhruva
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    Fred Grott wrote:compared to Symbian Android is 1000 fold more stable..



    ...and the source for this statistic is?
     
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