Linked by David Adams on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 16:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Here's the dirty little secret about Android: After all the work Apple did to get AT&T to relinquish device control for the iPhone and all the great efforts Google made to get the FCC and the U.S. telecoms to agree to open access rules as part of the 700 MHz auction, Android is taking all of those gains and handing the power back to the telecoms.
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#1, it depends on the phone - i checked a few days ago and the droid 2 still hasn't been rooted (of course, it depends on the phone).

#2, to the poser saying that allowing unknown sources gets you any software, this is also wrong; what rooting a device lets you do is install software that doesn't necessarily run on Dalvik or software that modifies system configuration files. A useful example is a wireless tethering application.

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