To get something like that on an Android device one needs to:
- uncheck the Google Play Services apps verification (enabled by default)
- enable installation from unknown sources (disabled by default)
- unlock bootloader or use another exploit to root phone
- allow all the permissions by the malware app
- install said app
Looks like getting malware on an iOS device takes fewer steps. All in the name of customiz-ability (sic!), which is possible in Android without any of these mentioned steps, by default!
Lol, here we go again. You do realize the step you described above is exactly what jail breaking does right. This is one of the reasons why security conscious users do not jailbreak or root their phones. It opens you up to an environment where applications that do not have to go through the same checks for security and functionality are able to be installed on your phone. Especially now that phones have a large amount if very personal information on this is not a good thing to do.
Lets ignore the fact that you can download a malicious or unsecure application right there on Google Play. Sweet!! Talk about ease of abuse.
Not a single legit device got a virus, only the jailbroken ones. you're reaching.
Somewhere between 2-6% of all iPhone users jailbreak their phones because iOS lacks so much functionality. Compare that to around 1% of Android users rooting their phones (which is a much simpler task if you feel the need for it).
I'd say jailbroken iPhones are very legit iterations of iOS, seeing how common it is.
You kind stepped in something on this one. 2-6% of IOS devices jailbroken is a much smaller number than 1% of Android devices rooted due to Android running on over 3997 different devices many of which are running on dated versions of the OS with no ability to upgrade.
How is Google or any Android device manufacturer for that matter able to manage security effectively across apps and OSwith that kind of fragmentation. Very difficult task.
Stop waiving flags and look at it realistically. It is only a freaken smart phone.