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Comment Re:Cyanogenmod not on Galaxy S4 (Score 1) 276


Having CM since my HTC Dream, yes, the fact that Samsung collaboration with the open source community is next to non-existent will drive my next phone choice.
Smasung has been plainly lying to the community for years. promising tons of stuff and delivering nothing. The source they publish is wildly different from the source in their device, tons of proprietary stuff prevent quality versions of CM to be developped for Galaxys except spending countless days reverse engineering stuff.
Contrast that to Sony Mobile who has been delivering lots of things, stays close to AOSP, and actually helps the community getting there...

Comment Re:Can you use Android without the Goog? (Score 1) 337

(From a Linux geek still happy with a "dumbphone", but considering Android)

Can you use Android without serving yourself up to Google?

Is it true that you have to have a Google account to start up your phone?

Can you (easily) install apps by just downloading them to your computer and then transferring to the phone?

Do you have to give up your credit card info and name/address to sign up for the Google app store? (In light of the recent story that app developers get all your info, I don't know if I want every 2-bit app to get that info. The info itself could be worth more than the 99 cents for the application.)

Also, do free apps also get your personal information?

Any hints or links re: using Android without the all-seeing eye?

Builtin app replacement recommendations?

The phone you buy comes pre-loaded with the Google Apps (calendar, gmail, Talk....). Those require a google account indeed, and may require you to set up one when you start the phone for the first time (through a non-skippable Wizard). But the phone is perfectly usable without ever actually using those AND with a bit of rooting, you can remove them.

Open Source being what it is, community built versions of Android ship without the google apps included (because Google forbids the distribution of those proprietary apps), so you have a perfectly usable phone without any link to google. You have to be careful while chosing your phone, though, not every phone is supported with the same level of quality (hint: these days, the Good Guys (tm) who provide some driver and low level library source are Sony with their Xperia T, V, Z, ...)

Comment Re:In the UK you pay for the right to watch TV ? (Score 5, Insightful) 183

Yes, and in return, you have one or several channels that are rely less on advertising resources for their survival. You also get news that is written more by real journalists and less by corporate bullies with political agendas (yes, I'm talking about Fox)... while still be independant from their government. You also get shows and other stuff that would not be considered mainstream enough to make money... Some countries decide that it's worth it to have some sort of tax on everybody to promote/create/garantee that sort of stuff. You have the right to disagree of course.

Comment Re:Ancient societies had diff values. News at 11! (Score 1, Interesting) 245

So, two and half centuries ago, there were quite different values in place. What's so shocking about it?

The shocking thing is that you guys still carry on with a constitution written at that time although your values have changed and large part of it are now so obsolete that it requires NRA money to keep it in place. While modern countries change theirs every generation or so to keep up with how we evolve.

Comment Re:OT: Tethering? (Score 1) 114

I know I am wildly off-topic, but why is Google banning tethering apps and why is that an issue at all? Android has the WiFi hotspot by default, which enables any WiFi device to use the mobile device's internet connection.

Or am I missing something?

Carriers are all to happy to remove features from the phones they sell only to sell you the features as an added option. Hence they're not happy when someone comes ang gives that feature for free.

Comment Re:US Only (Score 1) 241

Of couse it is a disaster. The store is US only for starters. Android developers have a hard enough time making money without purposefully isolating yourself to some 5% or 10% of the global Android market. I don't know why anyone would publish anything exclusively on the Amazon appstore. They better bet getting huge payoffs from Amazon to do s.

So "the rest of the world" would amount to 5 or 10% of the whole Android ecosystem ?? That would be a reason to laugh seeing the way they're sold in Europe and east-Asia. I wouldn't say the US market amounts to 10% of the global android market but certainly not 90%

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