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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.

CyanogenMod

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 Maiyr on 5/17/2013 8:09:53 AM , Rating: 2
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If the average person can search for ways to root a phone, there are also a lot of material out there for restoring it.


The average person does not even know what rooting a phone is. My phone is rooted, but even my wife wouldn't know what I was talking about if I told her my phone was rooted. I work in IT and I would say of the folks on my team maybe 2 of them would even know what that is. The average person would not even know to Google to root anything. The concept is foreign to most.

If you are rooting your daughter's Vibrant, then you sir/mam are above average. :)

Maiyr


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