posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 10:33 PM
Disclaimer: I had this topic in my dry erase board for a few days now, so time to talk about it. The following discussion may void the warranty on
A discussion voiding a warranty?
I recently rooted my smartphone nearly out of contract. Woot!
There's plenty of ROMS for it, I see, and download several to try,
It came with Gingerbread, 4.0.x, and I updated it to Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1.x, OTA.
I found that the next version of Android was named Jelly Bean, and found a few more ROMS to try. That covers 4.2.x and 4.3.x, and believe it or not,
them $59 dollar tablets are running Android 4.2.x or 4.3.x Jelly Bean.
It's a nice OS. Jelly Bean works nicely.
NOW I begin my rant.......
I loaded a 4.4.x KitKat ROM, ooooh, I thought, I'm running the latest and greatest.
I Beta Test ROMS, in fact, anyone can, and give feedback to the developers. It's the open source way. Well, the problems I have with KitKat
(Android 4.4.x) are thus listed:
I tested the camera first, and it took beautiful pictures from my device. What it WANTED to do is Geo-locate the picture I took, and insisted that I
turn on GPS. The icon for turning on GPS is persistent in the camera mode. You can shut it off, but it's there for every picture you take.
I don't want the pictures I take geo-tagged when I take them. That's pure idiocy. I post a picture, and TPTB or anyone with an EXIF viewer can
pull that info. Here you are, dummy.
A new ROM with KitKat also wants you to sync your google account, (no real harm there) but ALSO turn on geo-location. It's persistent in the ROMS
Android 4.4.x (KitKat) wants to have a persistent connection. It also locates you.
Android, WHY OH WHY did you ruin my trust in YOU? Google has made you an Apple product!
I'm ashamed. For all my love of open source, this geo-tagging need has stretched belief. I ran 4.4.x for a bit, tried to turn off geotagging but
was left wondering. I went back to 4.3.x Jelly Bean for safety reasons. It's a smartphone I tinker with, not a tablet, and I need a daily driver.
The one I have works fine....GPS is OFF.
4.4.x wants GPS on constantly. That's default, and a move by TPTB to monitor you. Not really.
It's Google that wants to monitor you, and THEN they will sell out to the USG, and turn our records over to the NSA.
Either way, we are screwed.