Will Google greed kill android?

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  1. SeattleUser

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    You have to have a gmail account to use the app store but if you have one Google steals your personal info and posts it to a Google+ facebook type page without your permission. At least that's what I read in the news. Even if this report is exaggerated it seems like that is the direction Google is going in. I beginning to have doubts about trusting a smart phone that has an OS that comes from Google. I just don't trust Google.
     
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    You can make up a username just for Google and still use your favorite email client for email.

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    This has always been Google's policy, a gmail account for the app store. If you've ever registered for anything online, your information has already been made available to the internet, for any company's promotion or whatever. It's part of living in this digital world. Only way to avoid your information not being compromised is to not sign up for anything.

    If you don't trust in Android then you can easily switch to a dumbphone. And if you think your information is any safer on iOS or RIM, that's not true. But the "easier" way around it is to fake an account as PC mentioned.

    Plus it's the news, what don't they exaggerate? Especially with the tragedy at Sandy Hook they're just feeding into people's vulnerability right now.
     
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    Yes, I know. I have just such an account. However, if Google does that can your really trust a smartphone OS from Google. Your smartphone has lots of private info on it and what's to prevent Google from harvesting it via android? I use Google on my PC and I see targeted ads when I visit various websites. I'm guessing the Google makes that happen. I think I will eventually set up a separate userid on my PC that has no personal info and use that when I want to use Google.

    I still use a dumb phone myself, but my wife is on her second smartphone. I play around with her old DroidX using it via wifi.
     
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    Well Google can't do that in fact you have more to worry about your carrier selling your info than Google. With Google you can deny then permission to access important information. You have to search through your carrier site through some back page to find small print to opt out of then sharing your information.

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    You are very trusting. If Google creates the OS they can make it do anything they want regardless of what permissions you set.
     
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    Actually i am not trusting at all. I walk around with a foil hat. Yes there is risks but no different from Apple's os, window's, or any one with a service that connects to the internet. Only way to be completely safe is to buy a tracfone flip phone and use that as your everyday device.

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    if you look at like that... any other origination/group/etc... anything... can be put in the same classification that are just out to get everyone and sell all their info...
     
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    There is always a risk of giving ANY information out to ANYONE or any company. It's all in the agreements in small print at the bottom of the page.
     
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    I don't use either Apple or Microsoft because of security issues. If I could use a smartphone that had an entirely opensource OS I would like that much better. Google has demonstrated time and and again that they have little respect for personal info. I expect that some time in the future they will be caught with "their hand in the cookie jar", so to speak. Remember when Sony was caught planting spyware on PCs via their music CDs?
     
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    You have to have a Microsoft account to use Windows Phone, an Apple ID to use iOS. Google's no different, they're just ad-based. You could make the argument Google's would be safer because you have the ability to disable a lot in your Google account. You can get rid of the forced G+ account / profile at any time.