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: Comment by kurkosdr
by Verenkeitin on Sat 5th Sep 2015 10:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
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The 98% doesn't care, they just want usable software.

Why is this always a justification for making things worse in software? Less than 98 % of people also don't care about the amount of mercury and lead in their food as long as it is cheap tastes good. They are either completely clueless that food may have bad stuff in it or they are trusting that somebody is looking out for them. Somebody who knows what's bad and puts a stop to it.

You are confusing the OS with one (or two) bundled apps.

And you are willfully confusing details with the big picture at hand. The YouTube app's ad spamming is here used as an example of the kind of BS you can expect to spread everywhere.

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