Right now we're all very aware that our communication is most likely being monitored by someone who works for a government intelligence agency. It's this knowledge that makes products like the Blackphone so desirable. Jolla has a similar idea, but instead of just focussing on security it also wants to take Android down a peg or two in the process.
In case you haven't heard of Jolla, they're a Swedish company that gained prominence last year thanks to their Indiegogo funded tablet. Jolla has big plans for the future, and has revealed some of the plans for version 2.0 of its Sailfish mobile operating system at this year's MWC conference.
Marc Dillon, Jolla's head of software, claims that Android is too dominant, asks partners to invest too much in its ecosystem, and is essentially "designed to collect data from its users" with the intention of selling it on. Dillon doesn't seem to be fond of that, and promised that the next version of Sailfish OS will be more secure, and will not be used to sell user data.
According to Dillon, Jolla will work with manufacturers of mobile hardware to accommodate their needs -- not demanding they conform to the needs of the software. That's great from a manufacturer perspective, and since Sailfish is compatible with Android apps it's not too bad for the users either.
Obviously security is a big issue these days, and Jolla will apparently be heavily investing in SSH communications security to make its OS secure enough that government agencies would want to use it. In fact that would make it the first European company to do so, meaning that European users and companies would not have to rely on US-based systems to securely communicate with one another.
Designing security with government use in mind will also be a huge advantage for us the consumer. It may not seem like the government has a great track record with security, but it's highly doubtful that they would use any secure system they think can be easily spied on. That means they probably won't be able to snoop on the regular people who use the same system to communicate, which can only be a good thing. [Engadget]
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