Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Sep 2012 02:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Right now, the mobile wars have just two major combatants: Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Nokia could yet make Windows Phone a serious third player, but there are also a few more minor actors with the potential to disrupt the market. Jolla is the most mysterious of those players, which also include Firefox OS and Open WebOS. Jolla (a Finnish word for a small sailing boat) arose from the ashes of Nokia and Intel's MeeGo project, canned in favour of Microsoft's mobile OS. The Linux-based OS has not been shown off yet, but Jolla has already scored a deal with China's top phone distributor, DPhone. The first Jolla device is due later this year, so to find out more I spoke with the company's chief executive, ex-Nokian Jussi Hurmola." Please let Jolla succeed. Pretty please with sugar on top. The industry needs this. Please.
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Phones and data gathering
by flypig on Wed 26th Sep 2012 10:59 UTC
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The thing that shocks me is how utterly unusable Android is without a Google account. The OS practically locks you out until you log in.

I can understand why having all of your actions identifiably channelled through Google is good for Google, but I don't think this should be a requirement for a functional device. At the moment, it's just a Trojan Horse.

However, an important question for me would be whether Jolla is an improvement on this front. At the moment it's not clear, but I'd hope its Maemo heritage would make data collection less likely. Jussi Hurmola's comments about the Cloud in the article don't bode well though.

I'd be interested to know if the iPhone is any better.

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