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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Probably won't happen. The PHBs at the handset vendors are under a (misguided) perception that they differentiate and innovate with their customizations of Android. And the carriers (at least in the US) dictate a lot of what features (and bloatware) are in the phones as well. I also believe they do use the lure of new Android versions to sell new hardware, whether that actually drives those sales or not (benefits both handset makers as well as US carriers looking to keep people on contract).

I have an HTC Incredible. Sense wasn't that bad, and had a few nice features. But I didn't realize how much it killed the phone's performance until I put first a "de-bloated" ROM on it, and later CM7. I miss a few Sense features (camera, SMS app), but enjoy so many others that I donated to the project. CM7 is dizzyingly customizable, and there are always Market^H^H^H^H^H^HGoogle Play apps if necessary. I also probably wouldn't have Gingerbread on it had I not flashed a custom ROM.

However, you never know what might happen. Didn't one of the lead CM devs take a job with Samsung?

Edited 2012-03-19 01:05 UTC

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