I guess you're running the version that shipped over a year ago. Try switching to one of geeksphones other update channels on downloads.geeksphone.com. I've been dogfooding for a year now and its getting more plesant all the time!
These are UI elements built on top of (a shim for) the coming standard Web Components.
For another Web Components shim check out polymer-project.org along with a small, opinionated framework leveraging Web Components. Especially look at the awesome Sandbox application allowing you to compose web components :)
My problem is with the "email provider" part. In the real world, it just means Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and handful of firms (like Rackspace) that provide hosted email solutions for a fee. You might call it "decentralized", but I'd call it "mostly centralized".
Chances are your users won't have it already, but it's the only single sign-on solution I would use without calculating how much privacy I'm willing to "sell" for not having to register yet another time and remember yet another password.
Thanks! The Persona team is working hard to get past the "your users won't have it already" bit.
1. By the end of March, we'll turn on a Persona <-> Yahoo (OpenID) bridge, followed by one for Google (OpenID) and Hotmail (OAuth). Net win: A billion+ users can fully complete a first-time login with Persona using just three clicks. (Try it today! Use a Yahoo address at http://beta.123done.org/)
2. A subset of the team is working on a Persona-backed replacement for Firefox Sync. Net win: tens or hundreds of millions of additional users added to the "Persona-ready" camp.
3. The upcoming FirefoxOS phones all have Persona baked into the default Marketplace. Net win: time will only tell.
The above projects just streamline the initial onboarding experience: anyone can use Persona right now with any email address. FWIW, last time I checked, Persona's is averaging > 13,000 daily login transactions over a rolling 7-day window.
I don't want to derail, but if you have questions or need help getting Persona set up on your site, please free to email me.
If you refer to fragmentation as manufacturers slowing down upgrades because they are "differentiating" their Android devices then I believe the web ecosystem already has some experience there dealing with different browsers :)
I believe an alternative mobile ecosystem not centrally controlled like iOS and Android, but rather with a standardised core and fragmentation / innovation on top is a very exciting model. It's working great for the web, why is mobile fundamentally any different? It beats having to program every application three times from scratch to reach a full market.
Apple's and Google's (and Microsoft's) platforms already contain web browsers. The "web platform" already exists on every relevant device sold on the planet. The only variable is to what degree each browser implements web standards.
The biggest missing piece of the puzzle is a webapp store that enables distribution, promotion, and monetization. And you don't even need a native app for this, as the "webapp store" could just as easily be a web page, thereby surpassing e.g. Apple's and Google's 30% cut (what are they going to do, block the web page?).
It's a long shot, but if Mozilla can pull it off it would be a huge leap for openness and consumer choice.
It's interesting (and somewhat surprising) that very few in this thread are criticising the "web stack" for being slow or lacking features or something along those lines.
If web standards now are getting performant and expressive enough to compete with dedicated, close-to-the-metal, technology stacks on mobile then the altruistic incentives of the web ecosystem might be enough. The incumbents have their incentives less aligned with users.
I'm not convinced Google will crush attempts at making the web a first class citizen on phones. After having pushed and developed the web for so long I think they already see it as their turf.
This yielded success on some known passwords and a bunch of obvious passwords. Not mine, but I assume this dump is a list of the passwords they've cracked so far (i.e., even if your password isn't on this list - change it).