Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Dec 2010 22:43 UTC
Google The source code for Android 2.3 has been released. "Nexus S went on sale yesterday morning in the US, running Gingerbread. Just like I did for Froyo, I'm open-sourcing the matching Android platform source code, right after the first consumers get their hands on it. I'm going to start literally right now, and the process will take a few hours."
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sun 19th Dec 2010 10:56 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Unfortunately like previous updates you'll be dependent on the OEM and/or carrier. Its all very nice to have 'open source' but if it requires elaborate hacking around just to load on a 'open source' ROM built by a community of enthusiasts then I don't hold out much hope. I've got a Vodafone 845 running Android 2.1 - although most of what is introduced in 2.2 is geared towards phones with particular features, what I protest is the principle that customers are left high and dry. Its a good phone and all but I'm still frustrated at the lack of any movement when it comes to end user based ROM upgrades rather than being held to ransom by carriers and OEM's.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by _txf_ on Sun 19th Dec 2010 18:23 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Unfortuantely, the best roms and aosp android versions come to the most popular phones and also depend on the most capable community.

i.e. you will find a ton for HTC phones but not say... sony ericsson. So obviously if a phone is popular the greater the chances that you can root your phone and write a non signed version of android (i.e. hack the bootloader).

Or you just buy a google nexus phone which is free of the blocks that a put on non google phones.

Your situation is just the same as it has always been. When I used carrier Nokia phones I always had to hack the region codes in order to dump the carrier firmware. The carriers would never update the phones firmware and their own extensions either outright ruined the phone or just didn't work very well.

It is a bit sad that Android changes very little about carrier and manufacturer behaviour, but for some (the lucky few of us?) the situation is a lot better.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by fatjoe on Mon 20th Dec 2010 15:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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2010-01-12

i.e. you will find a ton for HTC phones but not say... sony ericsson. So obviously if a phone is popular the greater the chances that you can root your phone and write a non signed version of android (i.e. hack the bootloader).


I am sorry but Sony Ericsson is very popular and was also one of the very first phones to get an unofficial Gingerbread!!

The bootloader has not been cracked because of its good implementation, not because no one has tried. I have also heard that the marketing people at SE are aware of the "problems" this have caused XDA, and they dont like it. Maybe we can see a "leak" soon?

Edited 2010-12-20 15:24 UTC

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