Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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Motorola prevents us from loading custom ROM's onto the Droid X, so does that mean that they will support the phone with all of the latest software promptly after new versions of Android are released?

This. As it stands now, some users with phones that are incapable of running the latest Android version are stuck at 1.x, because the vendor has abandoned them.

For those of you who are defending Motorola on this one, imagine if you bought a PC with Windows or Linux installed, and they locked it down such that you couldn't upgrade/change the OS until (or even if) the vendor decided they would allow you to upgrade? How long would you put up with that before you started raising hell? If you think about what a a smartphone is, it's a pocket-sized PC. So if you wouldn't put up with it on a PC, don't put up with it on a smartphone either!

Sure, Motorola has a right to lock down the ROM, but people also have a right to bitch about it too. This is absolutely INEXCUSABLE.

Edited 2010-07-20 20:27 UTC

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