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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RE[2]: good thing
by Dryhte on Wed 21st Jul 2010 08:06 UTC in reply to "RE: good thing"
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The vast majority of end users don't load custom ROM's on their phones, they stick with the status quo and receive updates from their carrier.

or don't receive them (like me and my trusty 'old' Samsung i7500 Galaxy).

If I couldn't install custom, unapproved roms on there I'd still be stuck with Android 1.5. A lot of the viability of Motorola's model (and the happiness of their users) hinges on their ability to keep supporting their devices through a couple of Android version updates. If I'd have a Droid X and they'd keep updating it with high quality recent firmwares, I'd not be too worried about the inability to apply custom roms; however, if they'd leave me in the cold as Samsung has, while also unable to apply my own choice of firmwares, that would surely have been my very last Motorola phone ever.

Still, I can't see why it'd be so hard for them to allow users to opt out of warranty and killswitch with a big red 'void warranty' button (preferably irreversible). I'd like to know that I have a choice in the matter.

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