* Superuser should be open source. It's the gateway to root on your device. It must be open for independent security analysis. Obscurity (closed source) is not security.* Superuser should be NDK buildable. No internal Android references.* Superuser should also be AOSP buildable for those that want to embed it in their ROM.* Maintenance and updates on both the market and source repositories should be timely.* I want to be able to point users of my app to a Superuser solution that I wrote, that I know works, and that I can fix if something is wrong. Yes, this is selfish: Carbon does not work with some versions of Chainsdd's Superuser. SuperSU works great, but I am not comfortable pointing a user to a closed source su implementation.* Handle multiuser (4.2+) properly* Handle concurrent su requests properly
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This is awesome news! Google will be finally stepping up into true competition with the rest of the market. Not that a phone really needs an "insanely great camera," in my opinion, as far as megapixels, but overall quality and software is important. Google owns the market with the new photo sphere, and I expect to see more innovations along these lines.
In this article, Google's chairman discusses the state of North Korean technology, and their restrictive laws on tech and the internet.
It may be sad to think of not being able to jump on Facebook and see how friends and family are fairing, especially those who live far away; Or maybe even look up a YouTube vide on "how to," do something. That is the state of North Korea, and as argued in the article this would greatly hinder growth, limiting the ability to learn.
Think of all the available resources for programming, fixing devices, modifying (physically), or even simple how to use something, like a review. To limit this limits the base knowledge of a population to the minds of those who are able to teach, which in this case sounds like they would be restricted by the government as well.
I would hope we continue to receive a free and open internet. Now, restricting
There has been a lot of talk about upcoming devices, I remember the hype of last years HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S III. This year is hoping to be similar another HTC One and the SGS IV.
Having been behind on the tech front last year, having the HTC Evo 4g, I was excited to see the new devices and ended up with the SIII. I made the decision based on wanting to leave Sprint and frustration with HTC over their bootloader shenanigans. +T-Mobile stole my heart and I was wanting the Galaxy Nexus, however it was removed from market to make way for Nexus 4, and the SIII was a great deal and a great handset.
This year, I am not so impressed with the upgrades, being that the SIII is still a strong competitor and the new devices seem incremental. I am also sold on the Nexus brand, and hope Google realizes the popularity they have gained and produce more handsets to fulfill the demand. 1080p screens seem to be taking the market, both HTC and Samsung are said to be touting them this year, along with 5 inch form factors.
I am unsure I can be excited about any device, other than Nexus, at this point, due to locked bootloaders and lack of updates. 4.1.2 seems to be the newest version on any non Nexus handset, and by my count that is 3 updates behind! I would rather these companies play it safe on the device side with one or two handsets and maybe a tablet every year, or so, and maintain them with updates. Google is pushing updates more frequently, and I understand that it takes time to review and rework the code for their custom versions, though I feel they don't give enough attention to the software.