There has been a lot of buzz about the T-Mobile G2 by HTC and it did not take the development boys long to root it either. However a problem was discovered that after rooting was done, the changes were lost when the device was rebooted. As it turns out, HTC has developed a new security measure that installs some software into the read-only memory and does not allow any of the modifications to be saved to memory after re-booting the device.

AndroidGuys got the skinny straight from T-Mobile:

Code-Level Modifications to 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.

Anyone care to wager on how long it will take the Hacker world to circumvent this?

Stay tuned for more on this issue.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I really do like HTC hardware, but I think the HTC software guys have managed to get a little too much air pumped into their heads. I really believe that they believe their modified UI’s are “perfect” and need no additions or altering. Like Sense; by itself it works fine, but running other 3rdParty apps and utilities can bring it to a crawl.

    Time to get off your high horse HTC, and let people do whatever they want with their investment. I have no problem with them building in some code that voids the warranty if I; flash, root or jailbreak, but let me make that choice. Otherwise, I expect to get my deposit (original payment) back from HTC or whomever when I turn in this locked, presumably leased device.

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