Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better – The Verge

The gap between Android and its nemesis, Apple’s iOS, has always boiled down to trust. Unlike Google, Apple doesn’t make its money by tracking the behavior of its users, and unlike the vast and varied Android ecosystem, there are only ever a couple of iPhone models, each of which is updated with regularity and over a long period of time. Owning an iPhone, you can be confident that you’re among Apple’s priority users (even if Apple faces its own cohort of critics accusing it of planned obsolescence), whereas with an Android device, as evidenced today, you can’t even be sure that the security bulletins and updates you’re getting are truthful.

via Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better – The Verge

Every time I have considered an Android device I get another reminder that the ecosystem is at odds with good and ongoing security.

The recent initiatives to get more of the update process out of the control of manufacturers is a good step. But the manufacturers are at odds with updates, they want to sell you a new device, so there will always be this clash.

Android is slowly getting there, but not to the point where I would gladly throw all my data into an Android device just yet and believe that my phone would remain secure and updated.


Mobile Browser Choice Revisited

Are there still tough choices choosing a mobile OS and your mobile browser choice?

The choice between iOS and Android and their differences, no longer affects your browser choice as much as before. Browser choice has expanded and there are a number of cross-platform browser options!

I explore the current choices in my latest post, Mobile Browser Choice Revisited on

Lite Club

Windows 10 S, Google AMP, Android Go. Not all these platforms are the same but there is a common intention behind their existence. The notion of ‘Lite’ as a exclusive, desirable, marketable feature. These lightweight entities are set-apart within an existing platform.

They don’t do the same thing or have the same aim, but its interesting that the platforms felt the need to create these subsets to highlight ‘lite’ experiences.

An admission perhaps that things have gotten too heavy, even for people with a generous web connection. Or that the advocacy for performance has been ignored, and a have and have-nots scenario is what it takes for business to make some choices to value performance of miss out a chunk of potential audience.  Missing out on users is more compelling an argument than persuading that further investment in performance might gain some instead.

It is encouraging that companies are championing ‘lite’ experiences. But it feels a little disheartening same time that they felt the need to create this separation. As a user I will appreciate the improved experience. As a developer I am a little disheartened this Lite Club distinction had to be made to get developers to pay attention to performance.

The rules of Lite Club are that you advocate performance as much as possible.


Ubuntu for Android is a full-featured operating system for desktop computing and all you would have to do is dock your phone to use it. In addition to a desktop operating system, all of the functionality from the phone would be available to you at the click of a mouse. If your phone gets a call or text message, it would pop up on the external monitor you’ve set up to use (via Ubuntu for Android Could Erase the Need for a Desktop Computer)

The complete portable desktop.

HTC Legend appears once more

It took a little while to the HTC Hero to grow on me but this looks simply stunning! A little bit more subtle chin [bright green chin guard withstanding] and finally an Android phone that i like but that doesn’t have an idiotic scroll-ball but instead an optical trackpad sensor.  Can’t wait for this to launch.