PCs can do this too at the moment. I do not want my freedom taken away to install what I want and end up in a walled garden like ios.
Next thing you can only install government approved apps...
Some security risks will always exist.
All of the crapware on my Android phone comes from companies approved by Google. In fact, most of it... ahem... comes from Google. Blimely... I forbid Google maps from even running.... Literally every app I use comes from Fdroid and you wouldn't believe how much better the phone runs.
The walled garden is not so much a walled garden as a zoo. You are a valued guest as long as you provide value to the proprietors. You get lovely meals and safe-ish surroundings. The fact that your pen is completely inappropriate for your body type... Well, you can't have everything, right? But the paying customers are the ones making the rules and you shouldn't forget it.
Yeah, I don't think you'll get many Madagascar type prison breaks from the walled garden, as you say, but I think it's a stretch to say that there is nothing to gain from doing so -- whoever you are.
These academic discussions have no meaning for most folks out there - they want a device where their few favorite apps work fast and reliably, and generally a device they can trust will not take away their ie banking info and steal money or identity.
Rest are details for nerds like us.
Android is bloated of frameworks to enable adware kiddos to earn revenue. If it was the spirit of a regular linux distribution.......
It does not have to be a simple access, it could be to type manually 10 command lines in a prompt on the phone to get rid of the people who don't know what they are doing but it really needs to be there.
> devices that slow down to a crawl because so many apps are running in the background
Most of those are not even installed by the user but by the manufacturer or Google and the users are unable to get rid of them.
If google wants to crack down on apps in the play store that's fine. But do not lock down the phone so I can't install what I want.
wash, rinse, repeat.
Right now you will have to recommend ios to those who are not that technically inclined, because it is safer.
Android doesn't even try.
There should be criminal liability for willful negligence that clearly increases risk to others. That kind of "I never thought" mindset is so...I don't even know what word to use...antisocial? Careless?
You don't sell crowbars to a bunch of thieves and be surprised when they use it for burglary.
> Unlike security pros who disclose bugs in return for credit or monetary reward, Maza-In said he didn't contact Google.
This guy does not have my sympathy
We humans have created all kinds of things that get misused. The Nobel prizes were set up exactly because people were blaming Nobel for the violent use of dynamite. Let us not further hobble the spreading of ideas with political concerns about which ideas are dangerous. Blame the (mis)user, not the manufacturer and certainly not the discoverer.
Jurisdictions censor all kinds of speech, and maybe you think this kind of speech should be censored, but at least in the USA you would have to argue incitement which is a stretch.
The historical example was the publishing of the PGP source code in book form to distribute it. You might consider the software to be "military grade arms" but describing to someone how to build it is just an idea.
Certainly the US government might want to reign in this interpretation and might love to create a new exception, but there is no intrinsic reason for a rational individual to insist upon that interpretation.