Growing Up: The Maturation of iOS and Android OS [Infographic]
“Don’t be evil” is an unofficial motto first uttered by a Google executive during a meeting years ago, and while it started as a playful slogan Google used to jab at its rivals, the three little words have come back to haunt the company on countless occasions. The press and users alike often resurrect the credo when discussing the company’s mission to collect as much information about its users as possible, thus allowing it to target advertising more effectively for its clients. Not all Googlers are on board with this mission, however. In an effort to help users protect their privacy, two former Google employees have created a company with the aim of stopping Google and other sites from tracking users.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that mobile applications that integrate advertisements pose privacy and a security risks.
The team conducted a study that examined 100,000 apps from the Google Play market and noticed that more than half contained “ad libraries,” while 297 of the apps included “aggressive ad libraries” that could download and run code from remote servers.
According to his official biographer, Steve Jobs went ballistic in January 2010 when he saw HTC’s newest Android phones. “I want you to stop using our ideas in Android,” Jobs reportedly told Eric Schmidt, then Google’s CEO. Schmidt had already been forced to resign from Apple’s board, partly due to increased smartphone competition between the two companies. Jobs then vowed to “spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank to right this wrong.”