Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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RE[3]: uggg
by werpu on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: uggg"
werpu
Member since:
2006-01-18

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Motorola made this so people are prevented to tinker with their phone. Their locking of the bootloader and other measures are artificial timebombs to retire the phone support and force people to buy the next phone. It is as simple as that.


No it isn't that simple, pirates have been making use of them as well.
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God riddance nowadays everyone tries to justify every stupid action by preventing piracy guess what. Almost literally every Android phone out there can be unlocked one way or the other, some officially like the N1 or the G1 some unofficially (the rest which is not branded Motorola), only Motorola has encrypted its bootloader since the Milestone. Ask the Milestone users in Europe which phone they are not going to buy, guess what the name of the manufacturer starts with a big M. The entire action just is pure corporate greed on Motorolas side and is just an artificial timebomb, too bad that this wont help them because over here they are loosing customers already who have been screwed once, the same will happen in the US once Motorola stops updating the Droid X and Milestone 2.
And no it has nothing to do with piracy!

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RE[4]: uggg
by nt_jerkface on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 18:00 in reply to "RE[3]: uggg"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Allowing custom ROMS makes piracy easier.

Are you going to deny this?

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RE[5]: uggg
by WorknMan on Thu 22nd Jul 2010 19:17 in reply to "RE[4]: uggg"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Allowing custom ROMS makes piracy easier.

Are you going to deny this?


Yes. It's quite trivial to install pirated apps on a non-rooted phone with the vendor-supplied OS. Just enable installing from outside sources, download a .apk file from the dark web, feed it to your phone, and you're good to go. I do it myself, but only because I don't like having my credit card charged for the 24-hour trial, and I always buy the apps I like. I do not condone piracy. (Note: My phone was rooted about a week ago, but I haven't installed any custom roms yet.)

BTW: The DroidX has been rooted:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/22/droid-x-can-now-be-counted-among...

Edited 2010-07-22 19:23 UTC

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RE[5]: uggg
by werpu on Fri 23rd Jul 2010 13:50 in reply to "RE[4]: uggg"
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

Allowing custom ROMS makes piracy easier.

Are you going to deny this?


It is as easy as on any rom, you just have to disable the setting for install roms only from well known resources, after that it is just uploading the apk and starting the install process, it is nothing more or nothing less. Sorry but you dont have a clear picture about android :-)
It does not make any difference if it is a custom rom or anything else, and sorry Motorola currently is the only vendor who seriously locks the bootloaders all others are easily hackable and some totally open.

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