Curiosity kills the KitKat.
From the article: "The KitKat dialler in Android now calls home." This brings up a curiosity-driven question.
Let's say I would like to get a new smartphone in 2014, not necessarily in the 1st half of it. Let's say that a mandatory requirement is minimal snooping (if I access GMail then Google/NSA will snoop, but that's a GMail "feature", not a smartphone feature; ditto telco call logs). I need the functionality of Nokia 6230 + somewhat usable email and web (with Ghostery+ABP or equivalent). I do NOT care about "apps" beyond that. I do care about build quality, reliability, usability, quality of sound, contact list and calendar functions, and battery life. Shouldn't send me into bankruptcy too early.
Is there anything (GSM) in the pipeline anywhere that would fit the bill? With any OS? Is anyone thinking about marketing a privacy-oriented smartphone? Would it be a popular value proposition? Suggestions of manufacturers/models to follow?
Or is downgrading to 6230 (mine is still functional) the only choice?