I’ve been prepping for potentially jumping from iPhone to Android for my personal phone. I’m getting sick of the quality of iOS and apps going down. I’m getting sick of vendor lock. My problem with vendor lock has a lot to do with a feeling that I’m not in control of my data. Based on what I’ve been reading, and this article on TechCrunch it seems like the problem is becoming far more exacerbated on Android with the Google platform. I could already see it with the latest service offerings that Google has been pitching with the new Pixel. As I played around with the Google apps it seems they were at least as wonky if not more so and on top of that they seem to be far more invasive about how they deal with your data. They also seem to do a lot more of the insipid “opting out” versus “opting in” problem that I see on iOS. While I may be buying into a supposedly more open platform, would I be doing it at the expense of my own data control? Do I need to look further than Android to Ubuntu phones or something? SMH.
Google Experiment Over Before It Begins?