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Carriers continue to actively resist jailbreaking, which they say threatens security

For the first time, popular indie Android ROM CyanogenMod has hit 5 million Android users in the wild.  While that's only around a half a percent of the nearly 1 billion users on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) popular Linux-based smartphone, tablet, and television platform, the third-party ROM has nonetheless been wildly popular among technophiles.

With many carriers in the U.S. and elsewhere being notoriously sluggish in rolling out Android updates, many users have taken matters into their own hands, using Cyanogen's after-market firmware.  Many Android OEMs offer tools to root their devices, allowing third party ROMs like CyanogenMod.

If there's one thing holding CyanogenMod and its ilk back from wider use, it's carrier pushback.  Some carriers like Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD), and  AT&T Inc. (T) have fought back trying to prevent users from using bootloader unlocking tools, which they claim compromise security.


Builds of the popular third-party ROM trail Google's central source slightly due to their unofficial nature; Cyanogen's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mod is currently in its Milestone 2 (M2) release.  Only about 25 percent of Android devices are estimated to have updated to Android 4.1 or 4.2 (Jelly Bean) by carriers.

Source: CyanogenMod

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RE: >.<
By kmmatney on 5/16/2013 2:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
I've tried to put CM on 2 devices, and my experience last year was similar - took a lot of work, and it was pretty buggy - I had some major problem with the camera in both cases. (one of the phones was a 3D phone, so I didn't expect the 3D part of the camera to work, but it was still buggy). it mostly worked, but then I'd get weird problems with headphones or the speaker. I guess you have to decide if you can live with small problems to get the latest OS. The phones I tried it on weren't the most popular, so had less support than other phones.

I haven't tried CM for a while, so maybe it's improved a lot. I recently bought a Nook HD+ for my daughter, and decided not to use CM, since they now allow access to the Play store (the main reason to root the Nook before).

RE: >.<
By GulWestfale on 5/16/2013 3:00:54 PM , Rating: 2
ICS needs at least 768 MB RAM to work without hiccups. for my old sony xperia ray, sony even developed a custom ICS that excluded certain features so it would work properly with just 512MB. so check how much RAM your phone has before upgrading, or your performance will certainly suffer.

RE: >.<
By kmmatney on 5/16/2013 8:27:25 PM , Rating: 2
One of the phones was an LG Optimus S, and although there plenty people posting that it "worked great", it's not on their official list as a supported device (and has only 512MB of RAM). Oh yeah - and getting it back to stock Froyo was even more a pain in the butt.

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