Good software means much more. It requires honesty, integrity, empathy, even a talent.
and lock down which apps end users can install, what can be downloaded
There is immense innovation which is coming into business with mobile apps. Locking down will stop this technological revolution for this company and it will demise quietly..
Smartphone should have a physical well visible lid on web-camera and microphone. So that they normally closed and open only for a phone call or taking a photograph. And it should be well visible if these lids is open or closed. This is all.
The problem is bad engineering of smartphones by monopolies.
A 79 cent roll of electrical tape will do the trick.
Tape is messy, it leaves traces of glue.
I would prefer a lid on the camera. On any web-camera and microphone. A physical well visible (open/closed) lid.
I don't mind it been presented as an american invention if it can help bring the US in the 20th century.
Only if it is not patented and all other countries and companies who use it are accused of intellectual property piracy.
How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."