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[News] Google Encourages Users of Android (Linux) to Get Root Access If So They Wish

  • Subject: [News] Google Encourages Users of Android (Linux) to Get Root Access If So They Wish
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 23:17:34 +0000
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How to unlock the bootloader on your Nexus One

,----[ Quote ]
| So we rooted the Nexus One. Before it was 
| out. Without a device. Neat, but many 
| knowledgeable commentators in the Android 
| community noted that the root was only 
| possible due to the engineering bootloader 
| shipped on the devices distributed by 
| Google, and that retail devices would likely 
| have locked bootloaders. We told them not to 
| worry... and here's why.
| [...]
| It's easy too! Google WANTS you to be able 
| to do whatever you please on your Nexus One, 
| but they also want you to be aware of the 
| consequences.


Google and the Great White Open Spaces

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| Google is such a large company, and with 
| increasingly large ambitions, that it is 
| often hard keeping tabs on all of its 
| activities. That's particularly the case at 
| the moment, when most of the tech world is 
| understandably focussing on the imminent 
| launch of Google's own Android phone.
| But important as these events are, we 
| shouldn't overlook some of the less well-
| publicised, but nonetheless strategic, moves 
| it is making elsewhere. Perhaps the best 
| example of that can be found in the field of 
| open spectrum. 


Welcome to Google's Nexus One â and the "Nexus" Device

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| Google leads with the fact that this is as 
| much about *how* people buy phones, as what 
| that phone is. As many commentators have 
| noted, that's a reflection of Google's long-
| term plans to break the grip that the 
| current mobile phone companies have on this 
| sector, but it needs to proceeds cautiously, 
| step by step, so as not to frighten the 
| animals â hence the very limited scope of 
| the present announcement.


Ten Technologies That Will Rock 2010

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| Android: Last year saw the launch of nearly 
| two dozen Android-powered phones, including 
| the Verizon Droid.  In a few days, Googleâs 
| Nexus One will launch as the first Android 
| phone which can be unlocked from any given 
| carrier (it is launching with T-Mobile). 
| Android is Googleâs answer to the iPhone, 
| and as it reaches critical mass across 
| multiple carriers and handsets it is 
| becoming increasingly attractive to 
| developers.  There are already more than 
| 10,000 apps on Android, next year there will 
| be even more.  And other devices running on 
| the mobile OS are launching as well.


Superphone is Just Another Word for Personal Computer

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| It's long been argued that FLOSS advocates 
| should be looking at the next generation of 
| computing devices. That strategy is paying 
| off. More than 1.4 million Google Android 
| (that's Linux) devices shipped in the third 
| quarter of 2009. It's too early for numbers 
| in the fourth quarter, but you can bet that 
| they're even higher. In three months, that's 
| 1.4 million users adopting Linux for 
| personal computing. Granted, still a 
| minority next to other smartphones, but the 
| Nexus One looks ready to give other 
| smartphone vendors a run for their money.


Why Google Nexus One launch was inevitable: Report


Ads From Planet Nexus

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| For others, the move into equipment will in 
| time fragment the Android OS world, so that 
| some handset makers could develop their own 
| Linux kernel based on Android, or put a 
| middleware layer on top of Android, while 
| remaining compatible with Android apps.



The Droid Has Been Rooted â Now What?

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| Verizonâs Motorola Droid is a brand-new phone
| today. Like many smartphones before it, the
| Droid has been rooted so that owners of the
| Android 2.0-based smartphone can install
| multitouch support (including pinch-to-zoom
| gestures), enhanced themes and other previously
| forbidden goodies.

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