Continuing the discussion from Are the latest versions of Android really imporant for Fairphone(s)?:
For me it is: The less connected a device is, the less can break (the longer I can use it). (That’s why I like chairs and tables… ;P)
What is your opinion about the IoT? Do you already set your heating with your FP? Would you like to have your toilet check your health? Or do see better ways to waste your money?
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I sure do. A bottle of malt whisky comes to mind
My main objection is that I don’t trust programmers and software designers (sorry, @DjDas ) to know and prioritise my needs and wishes better than me. Which also is why I can’t see any point at all in the ‘convenient improvements’ offered in Android 4.4 and 5, for instance…
Sorry but this is not always (I think only about 10% cases) a matter of software designers and/or developers but mainly of marketing managers and after of software analysts
Marketing managers on top of all have the needs to sell something to everyone and this is why planned obsolescence is now the common rule to have businesses go on.
I see even in this forum people say they “need” an updated version of software just because Google decided to deliberately not to fix bugs in a version of their software which cover about 40% of installed base.
I think Fairphone did a very great thing in creating a new way-of-think about electronics and especially in smartphone market, but its strength needs to be supported by users who should take an action using correct software and not simply complaining about their “old OS”-locked-phone.
There are lots of open source browsers (Firefox for example), some of them aimed at security (Orweb for example) so I don’t think this is a blocking problem.
And on top of all history tells us not every software upgrade means more safe software, often is the exactly contrary… but a little fix doesn’t sell as much as a new shiny version
Being an enterprise mobile app developer, I have been fascinated by the internet of things. The Internet of Things is an evolutionary outcome of the trend towards ubiquitous computing and combines many trends right from cloud computing to mobile apps. The idea that we would have a top level control over all integrated things and won’t have to control each and everything separately seems appealing to me.
My current fridge works very well without internet connection thankyouverymuch
The IoT makes a lot of things easier. Yet, one should not use more technology than they can abstain from.