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Will Android phones ever be un-rootable?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Palmetto Fellow, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Palmetto Fellow

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    Do you guys think the manufacturers will ever lock-down the phones so good that we can't acheive root access?

    I am lucky to have the HTC EVO4G. It is one of the more popular Android phones as seen by how many threads and posts are in the EVO4G sub forum. Because of this popularity, there is a lot of 3rd party development for this phone including a multitude of ROMs.

    I have considered jumping ship to Verizon and taking advantage of their double data promotion...which would incur an ETF from Sprint...but that's a whole different topic.

    Anyway, when the day does come to get a new phone, how can I ensure that I get a VERY popular phone with lots of support from the developer community? I don't want a phone that has limited resources working on obtaining root as well as developing ROMs.

    What's the best strategy moving forward to ensure that I get a phone that's both rootable, and will have lots of support. Do I need to stick to the flagship models for each carrier? I assume the flagships change every 6 months or less.

    I think I've decided to wait for the Quad Core phones...so I have a good 6-9 months before I leave the EVO 4G.
     

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    I highly doubt it. It's an open source platform after all, and a huge selling point for many of these phones. And even if manufacturers can and do somehow block it, pure Google phones will always be rootable.
     

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