Android’s linux based open and free platform allows for consumers to alter their devices in the way they want their device to operate. Its ability to allow the consumer to modify the code has given the user the opportunity full control of the device, unlike Apple, where the main dynamic of the company is overriding control of the user and their device.
However, their is a way for Apple consumers to have control over the device, in which the user can ‘Jailbreak’ the Apple devices. Although both Apple ‘jailbreak’ and ‘rooting’ an Android both involve ‘privilege escalation’, Android’s security gives authorisation for the installation of apps on Google that have not been reviewed or rated otherwise known as “sideloading”. Apple’s security only gives permission for Apps from the App store to be downloaded, and ‘jailbreaking’ the device can cause security issues and even void warranty.
When Apple product’s have had their security altered, often the device can become infected by a worm such as ‘iKee’ made by a 21 year old Wollongong TAFE student or similar to a worm in the Netherlands.
Although ‘jailbreaking’ an iPhone is available to the consumer, I believe that Android’s open and free platform is a much better option for an individual who likes the product to be “their” device rather than one that is overruled by a technological empire.