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[7]: uggg
by Zifre on Sat 24th Jul 2010 17:57 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: uggg"
Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

Custom ROMs allow apps to be stored on the sd disk along with an archive of pirated games. So yes allowing custom ROMs makes piracy easier.

I suppose that is marginally easier, but by no means does it increase piracy by any significant amount.

Yes I am quite aware of how easy it is. Google really screwed up by offering little protection for developers.

No, Google did the right thing by not requiring developer to pay $99 to try development *cough Apple cough*

And by the way, I am a developer. I don't want or need any such "protection".

But to really lock down a device like a phone the OS and apps need to be tied together. The PS3 uses a well designed model where even if the firmware is someday hacked a newer game or psn access can require a firmware overwrite.

I really hope you aren't suggesting that this is a good model to follow...

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RE[8]: uggg
by werpu on Sat 24th Jul 2010 20:11 in reply to "RE[7]: uggg"
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

"Custom ROMs allow apps to be stored on the sd disk along with an archive of pirated games. So yes allowing custom ROMs makes piracy easier.

I suppose that is marginally easier, but by no means does it increase piracy by any significant amount.

Yes I am quite aware of how easy it is. Google really screwed up by offering little protection for developers.

No, Google did the right thing by not requiring developer to pay $99 to try development *cough Apple cough*

And by the way, I am a developer. I don't want or need any such "protection".

But to really lock down a device like a phone the OS and apps need to be tied together. The PS3 uses a well designed model where even if the firmware is someday hacked a newer game or psn access can require a firmware overwrite.

I really hope you aren't suggesting that this is a good model to follow...
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Even leaving all arguments aside, how do you justify that the locked bootloader is an anti piracy measure if literally all other phones dont have such a thing or it is already opened there. I cannot see the logic in it. Because if you want to pirate an apk that way it is probably easier just to buy the nexus one or any other device out there than to use the Motorola stuff.
All I can see here is an artificial timebomb on Motorolas side, which says, if we stop supporting the phone there is no other way you can upgrade to the next os version than by buying a new one.
(which of course if you look at Motorolas logic would be another Motorola phone, the screwed users logic will be any phone but the ones from Motorola)

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