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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 EricMartello on 5/16/2013 4:27:56 PM , Rating: 0
In any case...I just don't see why the manufacturer really cares. If you try to flash your phone and it bricks, you're likely to toss it and buy a new one. If you flash it and it works...what difference does that make to them?

The difference is that a lot of times the phones are subsidized by the manufacturer, which means they'd be losing money if people brick their phones then demand a new one from the company at no charge or reduced charge by making false warranty claims.

The current business model where you have pay-for-portion plans tied to 2-yr contracts made sense when cellular tech was brand new and needed help getting into the realm of mainstream affordability...but these days there is a lot less reason to keep things as they are.

Contracts need to go away or become fully optional and usage tiers need to be unlimited for basic functions like calls, text messages and basic data. Pricing tiers could then offer premium features like access to games or media content. For data, Rather than limiting people to a few megs or gigs of downloads, just let them choose a performance level as home ISPs do.

Almost all people who have a phone have a cellphone of some kind. The focus now should be improving the quality of service to the users rather than failing at releasing software to operate said phones and stringing people along on an update treadmill, with the carrot on a stick being the hope that their phone finally works as it should have in the first place.

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