Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of a popular antivirus company, said at a Infosec that closed operating systems, like iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone, won’t last in the long run because they don’t embrace open-source, like Android and Symbian do. That’s an awfully heavy-handed statement, considering the ample success of iPhone and BlackBerry these days, though Android certainly provides a case for successful open-source mobile operating systems.
At the same conference, Kaspersky has has reiterated their coverage of mobile phone viruses which, though currently nonexistant, could become a worry as smartphones gain marketshare and operating systems become bigger and introduce more security gaps. Security aside, I have problems imaging Apple having trouble selling just about anything to consumers, and will more than likely last more than five years. Even with a closed-source OS, iPhone has managed to woo an insane amount of developers, and BlackBerry isn’t doing too badly either. Sorry, Kaspersky, but I think you won’t find a lot of people on your side on this one.
[via Network World]