Google CEO Gives Warning to Android Mobile Users – Android users should be careful using sideloading. This warning was conveyed by Google CEO Sudar Pichai.

Sundar warns users against sideloading on their devices. Slideloading is a way in which Android cellphone users can install applications from websites or other sources.

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Discussions about sideloading have long been controversial. The camp is divided into two, on the one hand, many say that sideloading provides freedom and flexibility for users to freely access applications made by developers that are not officially available.

However, on the other hand, sideloading is considered to be dangerous. Because, the applications available in the official application store have gone through a filtering process, so they are safer.

Interestingly, Google, which is the creator of Android, actually recognizes the dangers of sideloading.
As reported by cnnindonesia, Sunday (3/11/2023, in his testimony, Pichai gave a warning to all Android cellphone users that sideloading applications has a high risk because they are susceptible to being infected with malware.

This warning is in line with the reason why Apple does not want to give sideloading permission. Apple also used Google’s statement as a ‘weapon’, and stated that Google alone knows how much potential harm is caused by sideloading applications.

The debate about sideloading focuses on one thing, namely how to create a balance between user freedom and user security.

Even though sideloading carries the risk of introducing dangerous viruses, this mechanism is considered to provide users with freedom of access to all applications. Apart from that, sideloading also allows users to access beta applications that are not yet official.

Another additional point, sideloading also supports independent application developers who do not want to be tied to the official application system on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

However, this does not apply to iPhone devices, because sideloading cannot be done on an iPhone. Apple has long strictly prohibited this mechanism.

This is also one of the key differences between Apple’s iOS operating system and Google’s Android.

iOS is truly exclusive. All apps installed to iPhone and iPad must go through the Apple App Store app store.

However, the Digital Market Law (DMA) established by the European Union will force Apple to accommodate the sideloading mechanism on its devices. DMA considers sideloading important to prevent monopolistic practices.

So far, Apple is still opposing this decision on the pretext of maintaining user security. In fact, Apple wants to sue Europe because it considers that the App Store service does not fall into the ‘gatekeeper’ category which must comply with DMA.

Apart from all that, Apple also needs to be prepared if it loses and ultimately has to submit to DMA. In this way, Apple will inevitably become more and more like Android in the future. (**)

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