Android Vs Windows Vs macOS – which of these have more malware?

Android Vs Windows Vs iOS

According to Apple Insider, more than 34 million new malware samples have been discovered so far in 2022. A report from “Atlas data” reveals that by 2022, malware developers will create more than 316,000 new malware threats every day. The team’s information is based on data analysis of independent antivirus and security vendor AV-Test GmbH. The Windows system is the most vulnerable mobile system. However, Google’s Android system is more vulnerable than the macOS system. 

Android Vs Windows Vs iOS

January saw the largest increase in new malware development, with 11.41 million new malware samples registered in the first month of 2022. There were 8.93 million malware samples in February relative to 8.77 million in March. By the end of the first quarter of 2022, there were 29.11 million new malware threats. By this count, at least 5.65 million new malware samples were discovered in April.

As for the breakdown between platforms, Microsoft Windows had 25.48 million new malware samples in 2022. For the Android system, the new malware is only 536,000. This is quite unprecedented as we expected the number to be much higher. As for the macOS system, it had the least malware samples in 2022. The report claims that there were only about 2000 new malware samples. 

Despite the relative rarity of macOS malware, Apple still found the number of threats on the platform “unacceptable” compared to iOS. Vulnerabilities and exploits are not unheard of on iOS, but they are rarer than on macOS. The prevalence of malware on competing platforms such as Android and Windows has been at the heart of Apple’s arguments against opening up its platforms. Apple has repeatedly argued that opening up its system as the U.S. and European Union antitrust request could cause real harm to user privacy and security.

Microsoft Windows 11 Android Subsystem Update

Microsoft updated the WSA (Android-based Windows Subsystem) on the Win11 system (version 2204.40000.15.0). The system version was updated to Android 12.1, which is Android 12L. Thanks to this, Android apps are now better integrated with Windows, and you can now see which apps are using your microphone. Users can also see information on private information like location on the Windows taskbar tray.

Additionally, you can see alerts from Android apps (in Windows notifications). Furthermore, Android apps now also support Windows 11’s advanced networking features. This allows them to connect to other smart devices on your local area network (such as cameras or speakers).

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Microsoft has made major adjustments to the WSA settings in this version, combining similar settings and options into groups for a better experience. The company also adds a diagnostic data viewer to WSA with information on all data collected by the subsystem. It also disables the optional diagnostic data by default.

Also, with newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+), when your device comes out of standby, the Android app doesn’t restart but picks up where you left off (presumably referring to a background warm start).

In other respects, the new version has also better hardware support, such as VP8 and VP9 decoding support. The camera app has some improvements and even the input device has also received attention from Microsoft. 

Full changelog

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • Newer x64 Windows versions have advanced networking enabled by default
  • Updated Windows Subsystem for Android Settings App: Added redesigned UX and Diagnostic Data Viewer
  • Simpleperf CPU profiler logging now works with Windows Subsystem for Android
  • The Windows taskbar now shows which Android apps are using the microphone and location
  • Improved Android app notifications displayed as Windows notifications
  • Reduced flickering when the app resumes from minimized state
  • In recent Windows versions, the application does not restart when the device is taken out of connected standby
  • New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)
  • Fixed on-screen keyboard in-app
  • Fix fullscreen Android apps and auto-hiding Windows taskbar
  • Updated Windows Subsystem for Android with Chromium WebView 100
  • Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider
  • Optimize system fluency, improve system stability, performance and reliability

Known issues

  • Camera instability on ARM devices
  • Printing via the Android app is unstable
  • Some applications rendered at lower resolutions may not have the correct layout
  • Some VPNs may not work with premium networks. If you use a VPN and find that the Android app has no internet connection, disable advanced networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app
  • Some previously available applications may be missing from the experience, fail to launch, or fail to function properly due to various known issues. 

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