Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

For the past few years, we've been in a relatively healthy balance when it comes to our smartphones. Both Apple and Google provided us with relatively decent platforms that were pretty straightforward to use, provided us with interesting and useful functionality, and at mostly decent price points. In return, we accepted a certain amount of lock-in, a certain lack of control over our devices and the software platforms running on them. I felt comfortable with this trade-off, whether I was using an iPhone or an Android phone at the time.

Recently, however, I've been feeling like this balance in iOS and Android is tipping - and not in the right direction. The users' interests have taken a decided backseat to corporate interests, and the user experiences of the two platforms in question have, consequently, suffered, and I see little in the future to counteract this development

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RE: It's really not that bad
by WereCatf on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:35 UTC in reply to "It's really not that bad"
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How exactly is Apple gaining control over what kind of news you see on your iOS device?
Google Chrome and Firefox have adblockers you can enable in them. Does that mean Google and Mozilla have "strict control over what news you get to see on your desktop?"

Neither Google or Mozilla is the provider of the adblocker. It's whoever made the adblocker one uses and its lists who is in control of such. Apple, on the other hand, is themselves the provider of the adblocker and its lists.

Edited 2015-09-04 15:36 UTC

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