Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Mar 2012 00:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Due to their very nature, custom Android ROMs have root enabled by default. Up until relatively recently, installing custom Android ROMs was a thing geeks did, and as such, this wasn't much of a problem. However, over the past few days, I've found out just how easy installing custom ROMs and modifying them really is (I'm running this one until CyanogenMod 9 is ready for the SII), and it seems like more and more regular users are engaging in the practice as well. Suddenly, having root enabled becomes a security liability.
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Savvy vendors realize that they don't get a penny from supporting old devices, they only get money for people throwing away their old devices and buying new ones. Will you and 100000 of your closest friends pay $10 each for an OS upgrade? Then it might be worth it to the vendor.

Yes, but they only get money if people actually buy a new phone from the same vender. Offering good support and frequent updates increases the chanses that they keep their customer. Frequent upgrades are often mentioned as a reason for buying iPhone, and Apple isn't exactly in the red.

And no, I would not mind to pay $10 for the next version of the OS, at least as long as the old version was supported as far as security fixes for a resonable amount of time. However I don't think $10 would matter much, they could just as well supply it for free, and get happy customers. That would be worth a lot more to them than $10.

However many people flash their phones with new a new ROM, not because the vendor doesn't provide an upgrade, but because the vendor supplied software is full of bloatware and questionable modifications in order to make the experince unique. Just because you like Samsung or HTC hardware doesn't necessarily mean that you like Touch Wiz or Sense

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