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T-Mobile G2 reverts rooting automatically

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T-Mobile G2 reverts rooting automatically
Would-be modders have found that the new T-Mobile G2 reloads the original firmware when the device is rebooted, reverting any rooting that might be attempted.

Users discovered this after successfully rooting their new G2s. They only realized after rebooting that their mods had been undone. HTC's enforced limitation, while unsurprising, is still a slap in the face to those who feel entitled to modify what they've purchased. This is particularly strange when so many are drawn to the 'openness' of Android.

HTC's is a similar but more aggressive anti-rooting measure than other companies have recently employed. Apple, for example, combats rooting in the form of iOS updates. Google goes so far as to retain the ability to remotely install and uninstall your Android apps.

Lauren Weinstein, a blogger, posits that the G2 "is using a firmware rewrite system to replace '/system' mods with the 'official' firmware upon reboot." Users haven't determined if rooting is completely impossible. If nothing else, the anti-rooting measure will present a new and interesting challenge to the modding community.

source: The Register via PPCGeeks

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. THE HACKER (unregistered)


LOL! IT won't be long before we fix this. You can't stop us hackers!

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 09:37

2. remixfa (Posts: 14196; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


hackers dont call themselves hackers.. :) anyways, just brainstorming here, but wouldnt changing the file its checking against for change, to the new rooted files solve the problem? It sounds like its basically just doing a file check and reinstall. Change the names to the new rooted file in the "original" file, and it should stop.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 17:03

3. skymitch89 (unregistered)


They said that the Droid X was unrootable as well, but look what happened. I say that it will only be a matter of days, weeks, or maybe even a few months before someone figures a "go around" for this as well. I don't really see what the big deal with rooting is anyway. Yes it can harm your device if done wrong, that is where carriers and manufactures make their money is on replacements, but with Android being open source I'm surprised at this unless it is the manufactures that are doing it. As far as "hackers" go, from what I've seen, those that deal with modifying mobile phones call themselves "modders" or "developers" and not "hackers".

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