New Android Phone Uses a Hardware Rootkit to Prevent Customization

By Lowell Heddings on October 6th, 2010

Looks like the latest Android phone from T-Mobile includes some pretty awful technology—it is hard-wired to prevent you from doing any real customization with your phone, and will reinstall the locked-down OS if you decide to jailbreak it.

Unfortunately, the G2 also comes with built-in hardware that restricts what software a device owner might wish to install. Specifically, one of the microchips embedded into the G2 prevents device owners from making permanent changes that allow custom modifications to the the Android operating system.

This is a really sad trend in the Android world, with all the major carriers trying to figure out how they can make a quick buck by limiting what you can do with that phone you’re paying loads of money every month to use.

T-Mobile sneaks “rootkit” into G2 phones – reinstalls locked-down OS after jailbreaking [Boing Boing]

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/6/10
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