Sundar Pichai talks about Galaxy S6, next Nexus smartphone, Android security and more

Sundar Pichai, Vice President of Android and Chrome at Google answered a few questions at the MWC regarding the recent developments in the technology world. He spoke about the Nokia X, Samsung, Security of Android, the next Nexus smartphone and the acquisition of WhatsApp by the social networking giant Facebook.

Sundar Pichai

Talking about WhatsApp's acquisition, he stated that Google was never in the hunt for acquiring WhatsApp but accepted the fact that they had discussions between them. He found it exciting that WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook and wanted to see the future of the same.

His most interesting reply was in context of the Nokia's three recently launched Android devices. He said, "This shows that when we say that Android is a free operating system, we do not lie, it's true." He also stated that he didn't see Microsoft's strategy in the same and commented on the fact that Android is truly an open source software.

Talking about the security of Android, he stated that the same was attacked by malware the most because it was the most used operating system globally. 

"We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android," said Pichai.

Talking about the launch of the next generation Nexus smartphone, he said that it will hit the launchpad later this year but not in the first half of the year.

Denying the rumours that Samsung might abandon Android for Galaxy S6 in order to promote Tizen, he said that S6 will indeed run on Android and he would have loved it more had Gear 2 ran on Android as well. That was Sundar Pichai getting candid for you.