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[6]: uggg
by nt_jerkface on Sat 24th Jul 2010 04:27 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: uggg"
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Yes. It's quite trivial to install pirated apps on a non-rooted phone with the vendor-supplied OS.

Custom ROMs allow apps to be stored on the sd disk along with an archive of pirated games. So yes allowing custom ROMs makes piracy easier.

Just enable installing from outside sources, download a .apk file from the dark web, feed it to your phone, and you're good to go.

Yes I am quite aware of how easy it is. Google really screwed up by offering little protection for developers.

BTW: The DroidX has been rooted:

Well the bootloader hasn't been cracked yet so don't get too excited.

But to really lock down a device like a phone the OS and apps need to be tied together. The PS3 uses a well designed model where even if the firmware is someday hacked a newer game or psn access can require a firmware overwrite.

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