» Schtick or marketing?

Rene Ritchie on Eric Schmidt’s claim that Android is ‘more secure than the iPhone’:

Schmidt’s schtick is to say outrageous stuff and get attention just like I’m giving him now. He says stuff he knows that you know that he knows isn’t true, but in a way that makes you think he actually believes it.

I had’t actually considered that Schmidt was engaging in PT Barnum-ism with his wacky statements to date (I thought he was just crazy), but given this piece in Quartz quoting Google’s head of Android security giving the same “Android’s more secure than iOS” line, I wonder if this whole thing isn’t an orchestrated effort on Google’s part to influence perceptions. You know, since they apparently can’t influence reality.