7upMan Posted September 29, 2011 Report Share Posted September 29, 2011 Just think "smart phone" (aka most phones sold already). There the user is not allowed to install a different OS (thanx to secured bootloaders), can only install approved apps (Android is slightly more open in that it permits unauthorized market sources) and the manufacturer can remove unwanted apps without your consent (and you cannot do anything about this, with the exception that maybe (I am unsure) android lets you still install the app from a third-party marketplace - if you can find it there). Some of which you mentioned is partly mended by buying a smartphone with an alternative OS, like Bada from Samsung. To my knowledge, Bada has no remote access for the OS vendor. I'm currently using a Samsung Jét and plan on buying a Samsung Wave 3 for exactly these reasons: I'm just not comfortable with the thought that Apple, Microsoft and Google have full access to my phone and can locate me anytime and anywhere. Of course, everyone has to make this decision for him-/herself, but whenever I get the chance I make the effort of pointing out the downside to those "cool" flashy Android/i-devices. Many people have never heard of the remote access capabilities, and it might change their buying decision if they know. So it's up to us "technical people" to propagate this knowledge. Quote My Eigenvalue is bigger than your Eigenvalue. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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