Also published on Medium.
Even though I thought that the “Don’t be evil” mantra of Google was just a brilliant marketing slogan, I always admire(d) the company for its engineering and security prowess. They are way ahead of Apple and even Facebook when it comes to their software expertise.
In that context, it is sad that this company too is reacting to a security vulnerability than being proactive. While I feel for the loss of Google+, the only competitor (at the time of its launch) to the monopoly of Facebook, no one will be missing it. As a Google Pixel user, I am disappointed that the changes announced to Android privacy/app scrutiny are coming only now – too little, too late. Most of the changes announced are simple ‘common sense’ – I am perplexed on what took them so long to implement these!
These only add support to the argument of Apple, that the only way to produce ‘secure’ software is to lock it down completely and make them proprietary as much as possible.
Unfortunately, the technology press loves anything that Apple and Google do, they have a habit of only criticizing (during the last decade and now mostly ignored) Microsoft and now Facebook. Media shouldn’t be blindly in favour of a brand, that’s always for the consumer to decide, their role is only to report the facts and as necessary highlight innovations and broad industry trends.