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T-Mobile's G2 has microchip that makes rooting efforts "vanish"

Expect workaround in 3....2.....1.....

| Mobile Devices News | Posted: Oct 6, 2010 11:55 pm

It looks like the hardware developers are at it again in trying to keep the rooting community from modifying their Android devices. Reports are showing that T-Mobile's G2 handset includes a microchip that "prevents device owners from making permanent changes that allow custom modifications to the the Android operating system."

 

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A report from New America states that the microchip includes a hardware rootkit that sniffs out third party ROMs and overrides them; reinstalling the original firmware over the custom ROM you worked so hard to install. G2 tinkerers are state that their roots "vanish" after a reboot, and are not happy about it. Considering the fact that there's a 40 page thread over at xda developers on the issue, I fully expect a workaround to be found anytime now.

 

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