Linked by snydeq on Mon 18th Jul 2011 17:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp provides an in-depth tutorial on how he rooted and upgraded his Motorola Cliq XT, one of many Android phones made infamous for not receiving further Android updates beyond 1.5. 'It turned out to be quite an odyssey, with twists and turns I describe here in order to help those who wish to embark on a similar journey,' Yegulalp writes. 'Was it worth the trouble? Yes, in the sense that learning how to jailbreak your own phone is a valuable skill, and I got much more functionality out of the Cliq, when I was expecting to simply junk it. '
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Dark side
by WorknMan on Mon 18th Jul 2011 19:48 UTC
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There is a 'dark side' to rooting and playing the custom rom game on Android, and that is if you want to get rid of the vendor bloatware and install an AOSP (vanilla) rom, a lot of them aren't exactly stable. Initially, when a new version of Android is released by Google, and hackers start working on an AOSP rom, a lot of stuff doesn't work on the early builds, such as wifi and camera. Eventually though, they manage to smooth out most of the rough edges, but not all of them. For example, I waited months to get a stable AOSP Froyo rom for my Android phone, and even then, the LED notification light doesn't work right. (Some people would respond to this by saying, 'Well, just get a Google dev phone', which would require me to go with a carrier in the US where I would have to stand in the middle of the street to get a decent signal, so that is NOT an acceptable solution.)

I know there is an entire sub-culture that really gets off on this stuff - people who spend their nights combing Android forums and trying out all the latest custom roms, seeing what features don't work and trying to find a lower voltage kernel to compensate for the shitty battery life on their phones, and that's all good. I think that 10 years ago, I would've really gotten off to this kind of thing. But now, well... guess I'm just getting too old for it anymore.

For this reason, I'm seriously debating on whether my next phone will be an iPhone. I'm no fan of Apple, but it would be nice to have a phone where I could get timely updates from the actual manufacturer of the phone, instead of having to rely on hackers doing it in their spare time. Since Apple will be making the iPhone PC free in the next iOS release, along with fixing the crappy notification system, it's going to make the decision that much tougher.

I'm anxiously awaiting more information on ice cream sandwich and the proclamation by Google that Android phone manufacturers will have to issue 'timely' updates (whatever that means) for 18 months after the phone is released. I just hope they release more details before the iPhone5 comes out, or some of us could be jumping ship. I'm also hoping that with the next gen Android phones, some vendors will consider releasing some vanilla phones on Verizon, instead of always f**king them up with their horrible addons.

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