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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kcorey
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2007-11-06

I'm stunned that savvy vendors haven't decided to help CyanogenMod support their old devices.

I mean, most of them are so crap at releasing updated versions of the operating system that Android itself is getting a stigma attached.

Wouldn't it just make *far* more sense for, say, Samsung to give CyanogenMod a little love, and call them the official "support" team. All of a sudden, Samsung is off the hook, and no longer has to continue supporting older devices.

I'd bet this would not cannibalise sales of new devices anyway (anyone willing and smart enough can root most devices now. Those people aren't going to be buying a new phone just because the O/S isn't the newest.

-Ken

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BrianH Member since:
2005-07-06

Savvy vendors realize that they don't get a penny from supporting old devices, they only get money for people throwing away their old devices and buying new ones. Will you and 100000 of your closest friends pay $10 each for an OS upgrade? Then it might be worth it to the vendor.

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

Savvy vendors realize that they don't get a penny from supporting old devices, they only get money for people throwing away their old devices and buying new ones. Will you and 100000 of your closest friends pay $10 each for an OS upgrade? Then it might be worth it to the vendor.


Yes, but they only get money if people actually buy a new phone from the same vender. Offering good support and frequent updates increases the chanses that they keep their customer. Frequent upgrades are often mentioned as a reason for buying iPhone, and Apple isn't exactly in the red.

And no, I would not mind to pay $10 for the next version of the OS, at least as long as the old version was supported as far as security fixes for a resonable amount of time. However I don't think $10 would matter much, they could just as well supply it for free, and get happy customers. That would be worth a lot more to them than $10.


However many people flash their phones with new a new ROM, not because the vendor doesn't provide an upgrade, but because the vendor supplied software is full of bloatware and questionable modifications in order to make the experince unique. Just because you like Samsung or HTC hardware doesn't necessarily mean that you like Touch Wiz or Sense

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coreyography Member since:
2009-03-06

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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