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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Yes you can use other app stores, but your telco has already decided what the user apps can and can't do. Most Android implementations are locked down on the user access level as opposed to the app store level. If your app doesn't access any locked down features, than it will work. Otherwise it won't, no matter where you download the application.

Technically, the hardware vender could give you root access but I'm not aware of any phone that actually does.

Search your app store for "root only" and you'll see a few apps that your telco probably won't let a stock phone run

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