Linked by David Adams on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 16:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Here's the dirty little secret about Android: After all the work Apple did to get AT&T to relinquish device control for the iPhone and all the great efforts Google made to get the FCC and the U.S. telecoms to agree to open access rules as part of the 700 MHz auction, Android is taking all of those gains and handing the power back to the telecoms.
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RE: Comment by AnythingButVista
by joshv on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 18:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by AnythingButVista"
joshv
Member since:
2006-03-18

You are aware you can install any software you want on an Android phone without jailbreaking it aren't you?

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calfolds Member since:
2010-08-23

You are aware that you are correct only by technicality? In order to install any software you want you must root (instead of jail breaking) your phone.

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drillchart Member since:
2010-08-23

Not true, at least on my phone I have the option to allow installation of applications from unknown sources rather than just the market.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

You are aware that you are correct only by technicality? In order to install any software you want you must root (instead of jail breaking) your phone.


If by software you mean different ROMs, you're right. But then again, so what? Once the bootloader is unlocked, it's not like rooting an android phone is rocket science.

And anyway, this isn't really any different than the PC world. You buy a PC from an OEM, they load it down with crapware. You format it as soon as you get it home and install whatever you want. No biggie ;)

Of course, you DO have to wait for the phone to be rooted, but rooting a phone is legal now, and they almost always figure out a way to unlock the bootloader.

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baskus Member since:
2010-08-24

I think you misunderstand. You can, like joshv said at least on his phone (and my Nexus One), install anything you want without rooting, jail breaking or whatever. You just check a box in the settings to allow "Unknown sources" and you can install any .apk you lay your hands on. ;)

Some stuff like screenshot programs and stuff doesn't work without root tho I've heard. But I think that's just for security so apps can't screenshot what you're doing and send it to the internet somewhere for example.

I'm kind of sorry for you guys tho that the carriers over in the US are such bitches. ;)

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