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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 arthur449 on 5/17/2013 3:24:45 AM , Rating: 2
Yep. Same issue with my LG Optimus G (LS-970) and CM10.1, well, not the trouble with rooting and unlocking. That part was a breeze.

In essence, everything about the phone's hardware that wasn't shared with the Nexus 4 didn't work. WiFi/Bluetooth module was buggy, NFC didn't work, GPS had hoops to jump through, camera didn't work, MMS/SMS failed more often than not, and phone calls 'ended' before they started, but still went through. Made it impossible to easily log hours on the phone with clients for billing purposes.

I'm happy for the people with a popular Android handset that get all sorts of awesome with their phones and Cyanogenmod, but praising it as a universal answer to problems people have with their phone's with stock firmware is either naive or misinformed. If all the hardware in your phone doesn't have open source drivers, then you're at the mercy of your phone's popularity or a roll of the dice in how skilled other developers who bought your phone on XDA are.

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