It is a long time since I heard “Don’t be evil” from Google. Google has turned in to be a monster! And one thing you can be sure of, is that my next phone and tablet will not be from them.
There is a huge difference in the two business models, Google is selling *you* as their main product and Apple is selling *devices* as they have always done. There is a lot of truth in the saying:
“If something appears to be free, you are the one being sold”
Just think about it. The quoted text is the business model Google is using. But it is not easy living without Google. Their products and services are first of all fantastically designed, with a high focus on being easy to use. And free (with that hidden cost), and not all of us are prepared to pay for cloud services (address books, calendars, email, storage, chat and more).
My work phone is still a Sony Xperia Z, but I have managed to cut down the Google services to only be Gmail. “Luckily”, most of my chats and mails go through another company living from selling information about me, Facebook. All my documents, contacts and calendar information are today kept on servers at work and on my own OwnCloud installation. I am not totally happy with the user interface on OwnCloud, but it gets better on every release. But hey, for the first time in many years I feel I can say that I have control over the information that is important for me.
And for search I’m a long time user of DuckDuckGo and Chrome is replaced with Safari on OS X and Opera on Windows.
I guess my next set of mobile devices will be iPhone and iPad, simply cause they are the best ones to talk open standards. iOS talks xmpp, webdav, webcal and webcard straight out of the box, and can be connected to my OwnCloud server without any kind of problems. And I can say I know where my data is, do you?
Read the whole privacy statement from Tim Cook here.