Everyone fails to recognize that the decentralised nature of Android is–while being a “mainstream flaw”–is one of its greatest strengths. Yes, Google wants to have more control over its operating system, but that goes against the very nature of what they intended when they began developing it. The point of the matter, though, is that very little would change if that asshole had used Android instead (considering the likely application of Paranoid Android in such a case). Actually, the whole matter would likely be less of an issue politically because there is not one entity to subpoena. The FBI could subpoena Google to do something, but Google could (in good faith) say that there is nothing they can do if an alternative OS were installed. The takeaway here should not be how much more secure iPhones are (they aren’t necessarily), but that compulsory cracking like this is dangerous to freedom at large.
“There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.”
Justice Antonin Scalia
Source: What Apple’s FBI Standoff Says About Google’s Android Security | Re/code
Self-service repair and upgrade capabilities? WHAT A CONCEPT!!!
What if you could repair your phone yourself?
Source: Review: Fairphone 2
Stay vigilant, my friends! Android and Linux security updates are sure to come quickly.
A hidden Linux bug could give attackers root access to two-thirds of Android devices.
Source: Hack Brief: Years-Old Linux Bug Exposes Millions of Devices | WIRED
This looks like a killer app! I’m going to install and play with it as soon as I repair my phone’s battery.
Google’s new app for Android lets anyone shoot immersive photos that have depth when viewed in Google Cardboard.
Source: Google’s Cardboard Camera App Turns Every Android User Into a VR Photographer
What happens when you take an iPhone, install the latest version of Android on it, then tell Apple fans that it’s the newest iOS? Hilarity, that’s what.
It’s a fantastic idea, and I hope it–along with Google’s Ara–does well enough to establish a trend.
The new Fairphone 2 specs make it so much more than just an ethical smartphone.
Source: A Modular ‘Ethical Phone’ You Can Repair Instead of Replace | WIRED
If you’re going to get an Android phone, get one that runs actual Android.
If you’re one of the millions of users of a Samsung Galaxy phone, you might be a potential target.
Source: The Fiscal Times