08
Oct
T-Mobile-HTC-G2

In case you have been living under a rock, you might not have heard that T-Mobiles HTC G2 was rooted - but only temporarily. After root was gained, it was discovered that HTC included a fail safe measure into the phone that removes root access upon reboot. This blatant attempt to stop users from rooting their phones is being called a "security measure" by HTC. T-Mobile sent the following response to Androinica after they posted an article about the inability to permanently root the G2.

As pioneers in Android-powered mobile devices, T-Mobile and HTC strive to support innovation. The T-Mobile G2 is a powerful and highly customizable Android-powered smartphone, which customers can personalize and make their own, from the look of their home screen to adding their favorite applications and more.

The HTC software implementation on the G2 stores some components in read-only memory as a security measure to prevent key operating system software from becoming corrupted and rendering the device inoperable. There is a small subset of highly technical users who may want to modify and re-engineer their devices at the code level, known as “rooting,” but a side effect of HTC’s security measure is that these modifications are temporary and cannot be saved to permanent memory. As a result the original code is restored.

HTC has widely been considered open to the rooting community, especially after Motorola's controversial use of eFuse. If you are like me, I decide what phone to buy mainly by the development community behind it. Many people (including me) thought this phone to be the holy grail of Android phones as it is the true successor to the G1 - the first rooted Android device, which has a cult following of developers long after its useful life had expired.

So what do you think, has HTC joined sides with Motorola? Are the days of rooting your device coming to an end?

[Source: Androinica]

Adam Litke
Raised on a farm in Ohio, Adam grew up shooting guns and riding four-wheelers. Technology soon became an obsession when Google released its first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1. Since the G1, Adam has moved from phone to phone, rooting them as soon as an exploit is discovered.
  • Daniel

    It'll be rooted. Just give it time. Besides, I hear HTC hasn't released the kernal source yet. It took them a month to release the EVO's and that was thought to be fast.

    http://developer.htc.com/

  • Adam Litke

    That is correct they have not released the Kernal source as of now. Releasing the source might be a little to late though.

  • http://Twitter.com/Dr_Overdose @Dr_Overdose

    The way they phrase it

    "but a side effect of HTC’s security measure is that these modifications are temporary"

    almost sounds to me like it was unintentional that this removed the ability to perm root. I have faith in the development community that they perm root it.

    • Adam Litke

      I am with you on the part that I hope they will root it permanently. I have contacted HTC about this "unintentional" side effect so we will see what they say.

  • Jeff

    Looks like I'll be sticking with Samsung Android phones for a while. They may not have the best track record of updating their firmware, but they made rooting and modding super easy. Cyan is working on CM6 for the Vibrant and soon mine will be complete.

    • Adam Litke

      I agree with you. Never thought that I would stray from HTC again, but I think Samsung might get my business from now on.

  • logan

    very happy with my g2. processor is faster, screen is easy to navigate and everything about it is great! love the keyboard. very happy with my new unlocked t-mobile phones. very easy to text and email and the screen is so big it's great for games video's and pictures. way better than my old unlocked gsm phones. great for my business too.wifi and gps are great for keeping in contact and great for marketing and networking. also my wife loves hers for the facebook and apps. also got our htc unlock codes and cell phone unlocking for frree! got my last couple g2's at unlockthatphone.com 2 thumbs way up

    • http://www.tumalditamadre.net Kenny Explosivo

      Oh, like THIS wasn't a blatant plug for his website...

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