During the early days, this led to a lot of problems as it meant that malware could be easily hidden in these apps. Also, screening systems back then weren’t quite as sophisticated, thus allowing apps with malware to make it past Google’s checks. However, these days it’s starting to look very different where according to a report from WIRED, zero-day exploits for Android are being priced higher compared to iOS.
This is actually a good thing, at least for Android users, where it basically means that there are fewer zero-day exploits for Android, or at least Google has made it harder for hackers to find, thus increasing the price of those available. The same cannot be said for iOS, where it seems that there are more being sold in these underground markets, thus lowering its prices.