September 7, 2018
Securing the freedom of mobile, part 1
In this blog miniseries, we will explore current mobile technology threats and our solutions of making them better.
Android vs. iOS
Ever since Apple unveiled the first iPhone and then Google joined the mobile race with Android, there has only been these two viable options for mobile operating systems. Jolla tried to enter the market with SailfishOS but due to many problems they faced, they have not gained massive adoption.
This is of course noticed in WebOS by HP, Ubuntu Touch by Canonical and Tizen by Samsung, to name a few other examples. It seems that this duality is not so easy to challenge. At least in the current ways of doing business with walled gardens and ultimately the fear of free software are making it almost impossible to create anything innovative in this respect.
Information Security Problem
Security is trust and trusting needs open facts. Same applies to mobile hardware. Without full source code readability current mobile devices can not be secure. There is not and has not been truly secure smart mobile device. Users are not able to know about backdoors implemented in their Mediatek, Qualcomm, Kirin, closed source chips due the nature of todays silicon manufactures.
For discussion of securing the freedom of mobile, we can drop iOS straight away. Android is some times referred as open source operating system but now days the version which comes on phone when purchasing one from store and it’s open source companion (AOSP-Android Open Source Project) are completely two different operating systems. Google has tighten their grip on Android by bringing in almost necessary Google Mobile Services, which is, of course, closed for deeper inspection.
We are only left with community effort to bring open source systems to mobile devices. To be able to have open source operating system without any binary blobs, truly open hardware is needed. This has been the problem on mobile devices, the largest silicon manufactures, Mediatek from Taiwan and Qualcomm from U.S., keeps their hardware firmwares tightly closed.
It is not difficult to see the challenge but also the opportunity that this presents. A truly open source, from the metal up to button, hardware with truly open source operating system is direly needed.
Necuno Solutions has challenged this problem and has been working on solution. We are launching the worlds first secure smart mobile device. Now privacy is yours. With IMX.6 CPU chip we were able to create fully open source mobile device with fully open operating system. Necuno Phone is bringing your data back to you. See no Android or iOS here. For more information and availability see Necuno Mobile.
Stay tuned for more.